Smoking Marijuana

In this Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 file photo, an employee arranges glass display containers of marijuana on shelves at a retail and medical cannabis dispensary in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

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JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri officials on Friday revealed the long-anticipated list of businesses that will be allowed to sell medical marijuana to qualified patients starting later this year.

The list of winners was posted online Friday.

The Department of Health and Senior Services plans to license 192 dispensaries statewide — 24 in each of the state’s congressional districts — to sell marijuana legally to Missourians with a valid medical marijuana patient card.

In the 1st Congressional District, 14 dispensary applications for St. Louis city locations won licenses, while the remaining 10 licenses in the congressional district went to locations in St. Louis County.

In Florissant, three locations were licensed. St. Ann and University City each saw two successful applicants. The remaining three licenses went to locations in Berkeley, Ferguson and Hazelwood.

In the 2nd Congressional District, which covers parts of St. Louis, St. Charles and Jefferson counties, the 24 winning dispensaries will be spread among numerous municipalities.

Three dispensaries that listed Ellisville addresses won licenses, while O'Fallon, Ballwin, Creve Coeur, Valley Park and Fenton each saw two successful applicants.

Chesterfield, Clayton, Eureka, St. Charles and St. Peters will also see one dispensary each if winners in each of those cities follow through with their business plans. 

Six other winners in the 2nd Congressional District listed St. Louis County addresses. 

Missouri received at least 1,163 dispensary applications, making it the most competitive field for licenses to enter the state’s medical marijuana industry, which is expected to top more than $100 million in sales by 2025.

In the St. Louis metropolitan area, the state received nearly 400 license applications for dispensaries, even though only about 50 will be awarded.

Zach Mangelsdorf, owner of North Medical Group, said his company received two dispensary licenses: one for its location at 929 Peachtree Plaza Drive in Hillsboro, and the second for 1709 State Highway Z in Pevely.

The company submitted three other dispensary applications, three cultivation applications, and one infused product manufacturing application. The state rejected the company’s cultivation and manufacturing applications earlier this month, and on Thursday rejected the company’s other three dispensary applications, Mangelsdorf said.

“We’re just ecstatic to have something,” he said.

Janette Hamilton, owner of TriCept Wellness, which submitted an application to open a dispensary at 4910 Natural Bridge Ave. in St. Louis, said her rejection by the DHSS was "very frustrating."

TriCept Wellness earned the 16th highest score in the 1st Congressional District, yet did not receive a license. Lower-scoring applications did, however.

She said the state has not provided an answer as to why TriCept's application was rejected.

"You just receive a generic rejection letter, and then you try to get details ... they say you just have to go through the appeals process," Hamilton said.

"On this application there's nothing we could've done differently," she said. "I just don't understand."

This article will be updated.

Jack Suntrup • 573-556-6184

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This article originally ran on stltoday.com.

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