ST. LOUIS — 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 Hwy. 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.”
Sales of medical marijuana were expected to begin sometime this summer before facility inspections were delayed to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. BeLeaf plans to begin selling wholesale marijuana to dispensaries in the last few months of 2020, executive John Curtis said in a written statement.