Medical Marijuana Is (Almost) Here: Where To Find It At The Lake

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Legal medicinal marijuana is coming to the Lake. Businesses probably won’t be open until April, but when they are, locals will have several options for dispensaries.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services began awarding the 192 state medical marijuana dispensary licenses on Thursday. The Lake area was approved for four dispensaries, one outside of Eldon, and three in Sunrise Beach.

Here's the list of dispensaries, manufacturing facilities and cultivation farms approved (and denied) at the Lake. (Continue reading for more information about what to know and some of the challenges still facing Missouri marijuana growers, sellers, and buyers.)

Dispensaries Approved in the Lake area

MOAZ Industries — 24 Putt N. Bay Drive, Sunrise Beach

Heya Eldon Retail — 1812 Highway 54, Eldon

Holistic Missouri LLC— 19 Highway 5, Sunrise Beach

Blue Arrow Holdings LLC — 12077 N. State Highway 5, Sunrise Beach

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The following applications were denied for Lake area dispensaries:

GTI Missouri, LLC 6385 OSAGE BEACH PKWY OSAGE BEACH

Cresco Labs Missouri, LLC 6605 OSAGE BEACH PKWY OSAGE BEACH 

ROI Wellness Center IV LLC 3285 BAGNELL DAM BLVD LAKE OZARK 

MOrganic Ventures LLC 538 STATE ROAD F SUNRISE BEACH

HEARTLAND ENTERPRISES L.L.C. US HWY 54 CAMDENTON

Premium Medicine of Missouri LLC 4817 OSAGE BEACH PKWY OSAGE BEACH

Missouri Medical Options LLC 877 STATE ROAD TT SUNRISE BEACH

BSD Camdenton Inc 1356 E US HIGHWAY 54 CAMDENTON

Missouri Grown ReLeaf, LLC 1356 E Highway 54 Camdenton

MOCO Team, LLC 4357 OSAGE BEACH PKWY OSAGE BEACH

Genius Missouri Corp 5923 OSAGE BEACH PKWY OSAGE BEACH

Turning Leaf Centers Missouri, LLC 3613 OSAGE BEACH PKWY OSAGE BEACH

Western Edge CD3 Retail LLC 6257 OSAGE BEACH PKWY OSAGE BEACH

Fully Fuzed, LLC 3570 OSAGE BEACH PKWY OSAGE BEACH

Total Health Camdenton LLC 2006 N.Bus.Rt.5 Camdenton 

Seven Points Agro- Therapeutics MO, LLC 3525 OSAGE BEACH PKWY OSAGE BEACH 

Missouri Grown ReLeaf, LLC Lot 3 Shawnee Bend Landing (30 Shawnee Four Dr) Sunrise Beach

Tellus Health Centers, LLC 4691 OSAGE BEACH PKWY OSAGE BEACH 

Lake Area Caregivers LLC 163 TURNER PKWY CAMDENTON

Horizon Growth LLC 14327 Hwy 5 Sunrise Beach

MISSOURI VALLEY MED INC TBD 54 Highway Jeffries Road Osage Beach

Nature's Alternative Care BLT, Inc. 1155 N BUSINESS ROUTE 5 CAMDENTON

SSSPB LLC 315 Highway 5 Gravois Mills

BTMD Holdings LLC 28744 HIGHWAY 5 GRAVOIS MILLS

Missouri Grown ReLeaf, LLC 8954 N Highway 5 (8950 N Highway 5) Camdenton 

MM Jade LLC 412 S STATE HIGHWAY 5 VERSAILLES

Paradigm Missouri, LLC 102 Brook Lane Laurie

Curaleaf MO, Inc. 26850 HIGHWAY 5 GRAVOIS MILLS

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Lake Area Cultivation Farms Approved

Holistic Missouri LLC 14541 N. State Highway 5 Sunrise Beach

BTMD Holdings LLC 28744 HIGHWAY 5 GRAVOIS MILLS 

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Lake Area Cultivation Farm Applicants denied:

MOAZ Industries LLC 24 PUTT N BAY DR SUNRISE BEACH

Missouri OZ, LLC. 400 DOGWOOD RD LAKE OZARK

Seven Points Agro-Therapeutics MO, LLC 30894 COPPERFIELD RD GRAVOIS MILLS

Missouri Medical Manufacturing LLC 154 SHERMAN RDG GRAVOIS MILLS

Missouri Medical Options LLC 877 STATE ROAD TT SUNRISE BEACH

Roots Canna LLC Bannister Hollow Macks Creek

Kobayashi Farms, LLC 120 HIGHWAY D KAISER 

Lake Mountain Farms LLC 73 ELLIOTT DR MACKS CREEK

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The nearest testing lab to the Lake area that was approved is located in Kingdom City, while the nearest transport license granted is located in Doolittle. There were no applicants for either category in the Lake area.

For more on licensing scores, go to the MSDHSS website score criteria sheet at https://health.mo.gov/safety/medical-marijuana/pdf/final-question-point-values-draft.pdf

Denied applicants were aware of the gamble of the application process, as they stood to lose their application fee. The application fee is $6,000 for a dispensary, $10,000 for a cultivation business and $6,000 for an infused product manufacturing business. One Lake area applicant said early in 2019 that if denied, they would just consider it a donation to furthering the foundation of medical marijuana in Missouri.

According to Reynolds & Gold Law, despite all the challenges and regulations, nearly 90 percent of operating dispensaries, wholesale cultivators, and infused product companies report that they are profitable... Such businesses report annual sales that climb as high as $10 million, while dispensaries located in remote areas bring in closer to $3 million.

The Missouri State Department of Health and Senior Services was required to grant licenses to a minimum of 192 dispensaries, 24 of them in each of Missouri’s eight congressional districts. The MSDHSS can award more licenses but are waiting to see if the minimum amount granted can meet the demand.  After an independent demand study by the department, and attempting to lessen buying from black market sources, they have stalled on awarding more. *MDHSS

What to know about the new laws:

All of the marijuana produced in Missouri must go through testing labs. THC, the psychoactive part of the drug, will have levels tested at these facilities, which will also test for foreign substances and bacteria.  

Cardholders can purchase up to four ounces of dried, unprocessed marijuana or the equivalent in Missouri; if the patient needs more than that, two independent doctor certifications are required and the patient's increased needs must be specified.

Staff at dispensaries, often known as “budtenders,” are trained to help customers choose products based on their needs and preferences. Dispensaries will have many products ranging from dried buds, flowers, and inhalable products, to edible infused candies, cakes, cookies, and pretzels.

Patients with cultivation cards can grow their own weed, possessing up to six flowering plants each, along with six non-flowering plants, and six cloned plants. The law dictates the stages of growth, so six clones under 14 inches tall, six plants in a vegetative non-flowering state, and six plants in flower allows patients to have a continuous supply. Patient cultivation cards are separate from medical marijuana cards and cost an additional $100. 

A cardholder who is also a primary caregiver for another qualifying patient may grow six additional flowering plants, six non-flowering plants, and six clones.

Plants are required to be out of sight and in a secure room where children cannot access them. It is illegal to mail or transport marijuana across state lines, even if you have a Missouri-issued medical card.

A Delay

While it’s legal here, but there is a catch, dispensaries aren’t going to be close to opening until mid-April. Seed cultivation licenses were not issued by the MSDHSS until January 31, thus presenting a supply problem for those that are licensed cardholders. Cultivation farms face anywhere from 8 weeks to 7 months of indoor growth time. So most dispensaries won't be ready to legally sell to medical cardholders until mid-2020.

Columbia Attorney Dan Viets, who helped write the state’s cannabis laws, advocates that delay as a positive thing for Missourians. “Article 14 of the Missouri Constitution is one of the best medical marijuana laws in the country,” he said. Missouri residents who have been granted medical marijuana cards number in the thousands.

Guns & Weed

Patients are not necessarily prohibited from having guns and possessing a medical marijuana card. The state law didn’t specify on this issue, however since marijuana is still illegal on the federal level, that creates a problem when a prescribed card user applies to purchase a new firearm. Federal regulators are still trying to work out legislation regarding that issue.

Money & Weed

Also in the mix is regulating the banks that take care of the cash-only business. Is it worth the risk? That’s what many banks are asking themselves with the new wealth of marijuana businesses functioning in the state. Marijuana businesses may be considered unbankable by many banks, and the banks aren’t showing much interest in catering to weed businesses. Missouri banks are federally insured, and marijuana is federally illegal.

It’s a catch-22 for banks to decide if it’s worth the risk to run into federal regulators and prosecutors: most have decided to wait until federal regulators issue some guidelines. The field of marijuana business consulting has sprung up, and consultants are working to help banks, doctors, and other marijuana businesses navigate the rough waters of the newly emerging industry in Missouri. There are also human resource and accounting companies specializing in marijuana business compliance.

So hold tight Missouri cardholders, the medical marijuana industry is coming, it’s just going to take a little time to get it rolling!

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