Oklahoma has 4900 Medical Marijuana Cultivation Licensees. Missouri? 35
The big news yesterday from the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services: some 35 entities have been approved for 60 medical marijuana cultivation licenses under the constitutional framework passed by the Amendment 2 campaign run by New Approach Missouri in 2018. To win a license, applicants had to pay a $10,000 filing fee per application and score in the top 60 applicants out of a pool of 554 total applicants, meaning roughly 89% of applicants were rejected.
The cap on licenses was created by the authors of the New Approach Missouri proposal, which specifies a minimum of 1 cultivation license per 100,000 citizens, and only allows the state to allocate more licenses if "the demand for medical marijuana by Qualifying Patients" is not met by existing supply -- a determination that will likely take the state at least a year to make.
By contrast, the state of Oklahoma has as of this November 4,931 cultivation licensees after passing State Question 788 in July of 2018 (Missouri's Amendment 2 was passed in November 2018). Oklahoma's business friendly medical marijuana program system is further nearing $300 million in sales in 2019, and is predicted to do some $700 million a year at maturity.
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