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‘Pleasantly surprised.’ Missouri marijuana sales start Friday. There’s just one catch

Update: Sales have begun in Kansas City. Here are the dispensaries that have obtained their licenses.


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Missouri will allow the first dispensaries to begin selling marijuana for recreational use on Friday.


The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services will begin converting medical marijuana licenses to adult use licenses on Friday. But it’s unclear when each dispensary will be approved.


Dispensaries had been expecting the licensure change on Friday, but many were under the impression that adult sales wouldn’t be permitted to start until Monday.


“Pleasantly surprised,” said Cardetti, the spokesman for the Missouri Cannabis Trade Association.


While it’s unclear when the state approvals will roll out, Cardetti said he expects dispensaries to begin selling to the public as soon as possible.


“We do think sales will begin tomorrow,” Cardetti said on Thursday.


So how will consumers know which dispensaries are approved and when?


“They absolutely ought to contact their dispensaries and check,” he said.


Bianca Sullivan plans to wake up at 5 a.m. Friday and start checking her email. She owns a Fresh Green dispensary in Lee’s Summit and in the Waldo neighborhood of Kansas City.


“I’ll just be there waiting with the staff. It’s just frustrating,” she said.