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Two Missouri businesses now legally allowed to grow marijuana

A local marijuana company is among two Missouri businesses now able to legally grow the plant after passing inspections by the state’s Department of Health and Senior Services.

The two growers, Earth City-based BeLeaf Medical and Perryville-based Archimedes Medical Holdings LLC, are the first Missouri businesses officially permitted to grow marijuana.

A BeLeaf cultivation facility at 13378 Lakefront Drive in Earth City and an Archimedes growing facility at 14593 State Highway B in Perryville recently completed commencement inspections with DHSS.

The inspection is the final step for a facility to receive approval to operate in the state. The DHSS is tasked with regulating the state’s new medical marijuana program. In all, about 60 commercial marijuana-growing facilities are expected to operate in Missouri.

“This is a big step forward for patients in Missouri,” Lyndall Fraker, director of the Section for Medical Marijuana Regulation with DHSS, wrote in a Tuesday release. “We know qualified patients are eager to see dispensary doors open up in our state, and having cultivators now able to grow and soon supply these other facilities is something we are all very pleased to see.” [Read more at St. Louis Post Dispatch]

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