Medical marijuana advocates across Missouri anxiously awaited midnight Friday, with one of the leading trade groups expecting more than 1,000 applications for licenses to grow, test and sell the newly legal substance.
Some, however, felt it was better to wait a bit — but not too long — to submit medical marijuana facilities applications.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services will begin accepting medical marijuana facilities applications Saturday through midnight Aug. 17. Through July 30, the health department received 592 pre-filed medical marijuana facilities applications.
Jack Cardetti, a spokesman for the trade group MoCannTrade, said he expects more than 1,000 facilities applications to be filed by the time the health department closes the application window. Just 338 licenses will be issued initially statewide.
“Tomorrow starts a very, very important part of implementing this medical marijuana program,” Cardetti said Friday morning on a…