The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has received 38 applications to operate medical marijuana facilities in Jefferson County.

On Sept. 11, the DHSS released a list of companies and proposed locations from the 2,272 statewide applications it has received for medical marijuana facilities. Most of those applications were received by the 4:30 p.m. Aug. 19 deadline for state licenses, but 109 of the applicants on the list received a waiver because they missed the deadline because of technical difficulties.

The majority of businesses seeking a state license to operate in Jefferson County are for dispensaries, with 25 of those sites proposed.

Six applications are for cultivation facilities, five applications are for manufacturing facilities, one is for a testing lab and one is for a transportation facility, according to the DHSS.

Dispensary facility applications topped the statewide list, with 1,163 of those. Another 554 applications were for cultivation facilities, 415 were for manufacturing facilities, 17 for testing labs and 14 for transportation facilities. That total does not include applicants who received waivers, DHSS spokeswoman Lisa Cox said.

Missouri will award 348 business facility licenses. The applications are set to be “blind scored” by a Nevada-based company, Wise Health Solutions.

“We greatly appreciate the support exemplified by the exceptionally large number of applicants for implementation of Article XIV, which will provide medical marijuana to qualified patients and raise funds to serve our veterans,” said Randall Williams, director of DHSS. 

As of Sept. 6, the health department had approved 9,195 applications for qualifying medical marijuana patient and caregiver ID cards since it began taking them June 28, Cox said.

Marijuana sales are expected to start early next year, after Missouri reviews and awards licenses to marijuana businesses.

According to the constitutional amendment voters approved in November 2018 that legalized marijuana for medical use, Missouri has 150 days to approve or deny a marijuana business application.

That means licenses most likely will be awarded in December.