Southeast Mo. dispensaries begin selling recreational marijuana Friday

Even though sales started earlier than expected, many dispensaries jumped at the chance to open their doors
Published: Feb. 3, 2023 at 10:07 AM CST|Updated: Feb. 4, 2023 at 6:04 PM CST
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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - Some medical marijuana dispensaries in southeast Missouri have begun recreational sales.

Organic Remedies, Greenlight and Good Day Farm, all in Cape Girardeau, said they are approved to start selling adult-use recreational marijuana products on Friday, February 3.

“We were expecting and planning for Monday to be our first day of sales, we received some notifications from DHSS that we might be able to have adult use sales earlier,” Tammy Royer, the Chief Operating Officer of Organic Remedies Dispensary, said. “We made sure we had all of our ducks in a row, and everything ready to go. We found out that we were able to start today, so at nine this morning we started opening for adult use sales in addition to our medical patients still being able to shop just as they had before.”

You can start buying recreational pot at dispensaries in the Heartland after the state moved opening day to today

It’s also for sale at Greenlight in Poplar Bluff and Sikeston.

Good Day Farm’s location in Jackson is also making its first recreational sales.

Not all Cape Girardeau dispensaries have received their approval just yet.

Bloom Medicinals said they are waiting until Monday.

High Profile in Cape Girardeau originally planned to open on Tuesday for adult-use sales, but opened a few days early on Saturday, February 4.

Sales on Friday went live a few days earlier than anticipated.

Approved dispensaries were first told by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services they could start sales on Monday, Feb. 6. On Thursday, the department announced emergency rules would go into effect Friday.

According to DHSS, the rule allows nearly all of Missouri’s licensed medical dispensaries who requested to convert their medical license to a recreational adult-use and medical license to be qualified for the new license.

DHSS said their Division of Cannabis Regulation began approving conversion requests Friday.

Adult-use of cannabis was approved by Missouri voters in November 2022.

The passage of Amendment 3 allows adults 21 and older to purchase marijuana legally.

Royer said they are excited to welcome new customers to Organic Remedies on top of their existing medical marijuana clients.

“We love the plant, and we feel it can do a lot of good for a lot of people and we’re excited to be able to share that,” Royer said.