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Missouri collected $3 million in medical marijuana license fees. From whom? That’s secret.

Missouri officials said Thursday that more than $3 million medical marijuana license fees have been paid since the state began accepting pre-filed applications a month ago.

In a statement, Department of Health and Senior Services spokeswoman Lisa Cox said 418 “pre-filed application forms” have been sent in, accompanied by a total of $3,020,000 in fees. The totals include:

  • 226 forms for dispensary facilities;
  • 128 forms for cultivation facilities; and
  • 64 forms for infused-product manufacturing facilities.

Since voters approved medical marijuana in November, the state has been working to implement Amendment 2, which calls for a system of 192 dispensaries to be readied by early 2020 to sell cannabis products — but only to qualifying patients with serious health problems.

The amendment sets up the following fee schedule:

  • Patient fees are $25 per year;
  • Dispensary fees are $6,000 initially, then $10,000 per year;
  • Cultivation fees are $10,000 initially, then $25,000 per year; and
  • Infused-products fees are $6,000 initially, then $10,000 per year.

The state will issue at least 61 licenses to cultivate marijuana, which works out to one cultivator license per 100,000 Missouri residents, according to the amendment.

At least 82 licenses will be issued to makers of cannabis-infused products like edibles, vapors and oils. [Read more at Springfield News-Leader]

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