Applications pour in to state for new medical marijuana facilities

Pictured above: HCI Alternatives, a medical marijuana dispensary located in Collinsville, Illinois. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

By Erin Achenbach
Staff Reporter
eachenbach@callnewspapers.com

Missouri has received 2,267 applications for medical marijuana facilities and businesses, which means the new statewide industry may soon be coming to South County and Jefferson County.

The state brought in over $13 million in application fees and received 2,163 requests from prospective marijuana business owners during the Aug. 3 to Aug. 19 application window.

Across the entire state, potential marijuana business owners submitted 1,163 applications for dispensary facilities, along with 554 for cultivation sites, 415 for infused product manufacturing, 17 for testing facilities and 14 for transportation facilities.

With applications continuing to come in for transporters and seed-to-sale, plus an additional 109 facility applications that received a deadline waiver due to technological problems when applicants tried to submit their applications, the state has a total of 2,267 marijuana-related business and facility applications, Department of Health and Senior Services Communications Director Lisa Cox said in an email.

The state received 330 applications to operate in St. Louis County, including both unincorporated and incorporated areas, with 36 applications for South County. Jefferson County received 46 applications, and St. Louis city received 173.

Of the 330 requests to operate in St. Louis County, one was for a transporter, three were for testing facilities, 59 were for infused product manufacturing facilities, 61 were for cultivation facilities and 206 were for dispensaries.

It is worth noting that these numbers are not necessarily hard data yet, as the state continues to review and discard any duplicate applications and continues to process applications that were granted a waiver, as well as continuous applications for transporter and seed-to-sale.

Despite the high volume of applications, not everyone will be approved. Under the medical marijuana amendment to the Missouri Constitution passed by voters in November 2018, the DHSS oversees the burgeoning medical marijuana industry and statewide, will approve 10 testing facilities, 60 commercial growers, 86 infused-product manufacturing facilities and 192 dispensaries.

Dispensaries will be allocated according to Missouri’s eight congressional districts, 24 per district. St. Louis city and St. Louis County are covered by the 1st and 2nd congressional districts. A portion of the 2nd District also extends south into Jefferson County, covering Arnold, and west into St. Charles County, covering Weldon Springs and Cottleville. Jefferson County is also in the 3rd District.

Below is a list of applicants who applied to the state for locations in South County. Not all applicants will be awarded a license from the state. The state has until Dec. 31 to approve and deny.

* = Have already applied for local zoning

** = Have already applied for local zoning but does not meet the proper qualifications for local zoning.

Infused product manufacturing:

● 9781 Green Park Industrial Drive, Green Park, 63123.

● 3838 Avenue F, 63125 (Lemay).*

Cultivation facilities:

● 9779 Green Park Industrial Drive, Green Park, 63123.

● 3838 Avenue F, 63125 (Lemay).*

● 6068 Baumgartner Industrial Drive, 63129 (Oakville).

Dispensaries:

● 5532 S. Lindbergh Blvd., 63123.*

● 4850 Forman Road, 63123.

● 4217 Bayless Ave., 63123.

● 5511 S. Lindbergh Blvd., 63123.

● 11310 Concord Village Ave., 63123.

● 3130 Telegraph Road, 63125.*

● 234 Kingston Drive, 63125.*

● 7417 S Lindbergh Blvd., 63125.*

● 9201 Watson Road, Crestwood, 63126.

● 9933 Watson Road, Crestwood 63126.

● 9282 Watson Road Unit 9, Crestwood, 63126.

● 9147 Watson Road, Crestwood, 63126.

● 10206 Watson Road, Sunset Hills, 63127.

● 10425 Watson Road, Sunset Hills, 63127.

● 3828 S. Lindbergh Blvd., Sunset Hills, 63127.

● 10709 Watson Road, Sunset Hills, 63127.

● 3739 S. Lindbergh Blvd., Sunset Hills, 63127.

● 13065 Old Tesson Ferry, 63128. *

● 12624 Lamplighter Square Shopping Center, 63128.**

● 11642 Concord Village Ave., 63128.*

● 4504 Lemay Ferry Road, 63129.*

● 4339 Telegraph Road #4341, 63129.*

● 4111 Union Road, 63129.

● 4328 Telegraph Road, 63129.

● 6033 Telegraph Road, 63129.

● 4530 Lemay Ferry Road, 63129.*

The state received 46 applications for potential sites in Jefferson County, including seven dispensaries in Arnold.

Arnold has a 1,000-foot buffer for all medical marijuana facilities besides dispensaries. Dispensaries do not have a buffer.

● 944 Jeffco Blvd., Arnold, 63010.

● 1671 Jeffco Blvd., Arnold, 63010.

● 1845 Jeffco Blvd., Arnold, 63010.

● 537 Jeffco Blvd., Arnold, 63010.

● 4183 Jeffco Blvd., Arnold, 63010.

● 2700 Jeffco Blvd., Arnold, 63010.

● 3874 Vogel Road, Arnold, 63010.

Any applicants approved who applied for locations in unincorporated St. Louis County will be subject to further approval by the county’s Planning Commission and zoning ordinances, which require that all types of medical marijuana facilities be located 1,000 feet away from schools, churches and daycare facilities, the maximum buffer allowed under state law.

Any applicants approved who applied for locations in municipalities will be subject to further approval by that city’s Planning and Zoning Commission and their own zoning ordinances, which vary from municipality to municipality.

For example, Crestwood has a 500-foot buffer for all medical marijuana facilities, while Green Park has a 1,000-foot buffer. Other buffers in the county range from zero feet in Maryland Heights to 300 feet in Ellisville.

Sunset Hills hasn’t yet established any buffer aside from the default 1,000 feet at the state level.

Despite significant representation in statewide applications, Crestwood, Sunset Hills and Green Park have not yet received zoning applications for facilities.