DHSS Announces Application Numbers by Facility Type and Grants Waivers
By the end of the Application Period, the DHSS received 2,163 applications for cultivation, manufacturing, transportation, testing, and dispensary licenses for the state’s medical marijuana program. On September 3, 2019 the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) announced the medical marijuana facility application count by facility type and also granted waivers to some applicants that were not able to submit within the deadline due to technical difficulties.
The number of applications received by facility type were as follows:
- Cultivation facility applications – 554
- Dispensary facility applications – 1,163
- Manufacturing facility applications – 415
- Testing facility applications – 17
- Transportation facility applications – 14
DHSS received 1,200 applications in the final three days, including over 800 applications in the final twenty-four hours. This is notable as DHSS decided to extend the application deadline from August 17th, at midnight to August 19th, at 4:30 PM. DHSS collected approximately $13 Million in application fees, which will be used to fund the medical marijuana program. In the coming weeks, DHSS is expected to release information on applications submitted per congressional district.
DHSS also announced that it would accept applications from certain applicants that were unable to submit by the deadline due to technical issues. Of the 129 requests for a waiver of the application deadline, 109 waivers were granted.
The cultivation, manufacturing, testing, and dispensary licenses will be scored by a third party, Wise Health Solutions, LLC. Per the proposal from Wise Health Solutions, LLC that was accepted by the DHSS, the scoring results for all license types are to be provided to DHSS no later than November 30, 2019. The cultivation facility scores are expected to be provided to the DHSS by October 30, 2019.