As lawmakers meet again Wednesday to hear complaints about how medical marijuana business licenses were awarded, a review of Missouri records shows some of the country’s biggest pot chains and the board members of a state trade group were among the top winners.
While the Department of Health and Senior Services has released only select information about the companies that won 338 licenses to grow, process or sell marijuana, a review by the Post-Dispatch of the latest available records and business registration reports shows out-of-state pot executives as well as board members of a key trade group are tied to about two dozen business groups that each won five or more of those licenses or licenses to test or transport marijuana products.
The records shed some light on the largest of Missouri’s new marijuana businesses, even as hundreds of spurned applicants allege scoring discrepancies and conflicts of interest by a company hired by the state to blindly score more than 2,000 applications from 700 groups. The Missouri House Special Committee on Government Oversight on Wednesday is holding its second hearing this month to question DHSS officials about those complaints. [Read more at St. Louis Post-Dispatch]