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  • Andy Hille posted an article
    The history, complexity, clinical use and importance of the endocannabinoid system for patients. see more

    Much like the Healthcare Education and Training committee voices from MoCann you have heard from before, the National Cannabis Industry Association understands that as cannabis use expands in the U.S., issues that require the guidance of scientists and clinicians are rapidly arising.

    Patients are looking to their medical providers for information on cannabis safety, potential for interactions with pharmaceuticals, and therapeutic applications. However, the existing legal environment significantly hinders the ability of clinicians to engage with cannabis research or offer clear guidance. 

     

     

    "NCIA has produced an excellent piece that details the history, complexity, clinical use and importance of the endocannabinoid system for patients and practitioners." (click to download)

     

    “This is a truly straightforward tutorial that delivers essential information you can trust to lessen the burden of  educating your staff and local healthcare providers, making your businesses stronger and more informed“ 

    -- Dr. Trish Hurford MD MS | MoCannTrade Healthcare Committee Co-Chair. 

     

    Additional training and educational documents can be found on our Physician Education Resource page

     

    Much like the Healthcare Education and Training committee voices from MoCann you have heard from before, the National Cannabis Industry Association understands that as cannabis use expands in the U.S., issues that require the guidance of scientists and clinicians are rapidly arising.

    Patients are looking to their medical providers for information on cannabis safety, potential for interactions with pharmaceuticals, and therapeutic applications. However, the existing legal environment significantly hinders the ability of clinicians to engage with cannabis research or offer clear guidance. 

    NCIA has produced an excellent piece that details the history, complexity, clinical use and importance of the endocannabinoid system for patients and practitioners. 

    “This is a truly straightforward tutorial that delivers essential information you can trust to lessen the burden of  educating your staff and local healthcare providers, making your businesses stronger and more informed“  -- Dr. Trish Hurford MD MS | MoCannTrade Healthcare Committee Co-Chair. 

    Additional training and educational documents can be found on our Physician Education Resource page

  • Andrew Mullins posted an article
    Missouri Medical Cannabis Program Continues To Exceed Expectations topping 100K patients see more

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.: Missouri’s medical cannabis program has passed a notable milestone, with more than 100,000 active patients and caregivers approved to use and purchase medical cannabis.

     

    State officials confirmed the six-figure count on Tuesday after a weekly update by the state Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) released one day earlier showed a running total just a few dozen shy of that mark.

     

    The Missouri program’s continued growth comes just 22 months since enrollment began — and years ahead of initial estimates.

     

    The enrollment boost comes as a similar surge of retail outlets across the state open their doors, and more producers receive state operating approval. To date, 141 medical cannabis businesses fall into that category, including 92 dispensaries serving patients and caregivers.

     

    With Missouri planning to authorize a total of 192 dispensaries statewide, medical cannabis patients here will have greater access than in each of the other 19 states with similar programs, behind only Oklahoma.

     

    By comparison, the state of Illinois —which with 12.67 million residents has a population more than double that of Missouri — has only 55 licensed, operating dispensaries. That’s less than one-third of Missouri’s eventual total for a program that began several years earlier.

     

    “This patient enrollment milestone is testament to the strong public support —and pent-up demand — for safe, laboratory-tested medical cannabis in Missouri,” said Andrew Mullins, executive director of MoCannTrade (The Missouri Medical Cannabis Trade Association). “And as more businesses come online seemingly every day now, we only expect that patient count to grow even more in the weeks and months ahead.”

     

    Statewide sales continue an upward trajectory, with a record $3.3 million in sales

    over the most recent seven-day period and a cumulative total of $38.45 million over the past four months. The record-setting week (which included the unofficial cannabis holiday of 4/20) marked a 21 percent boost from the previous week’s sales.

     

    Missouri regulators have also issued nearly 3,000 agent identification cards to medical cannabis industry employees, fueling economic investment in the state by an industry that’s expected to generate nearly twice that many jobs, more than $800 million in direct spending and another $570 million in indirect spending.

     

    Under Article IX of the state Constitution, Missouri residents with cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma and 20 other qualifying conditions can purchase or cultivate medical cannabis with a physician’s certification. The law also provides physicians with the discretion to certify patients who have other chronic and debilitating medical conditions that could benefit from medical marijuana, and legally protects their right to have such conversations.

     

    Medical cannabis sales in Missouri include an additional 4 percent sales tax dedicated to health

    and care of military veterans.

     

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    MoCannTrade (The Missouri Medical Cannabis Trade Association) is an association of business owners, health care providers, professionals, patients and residents responsible for helping to implement a successful, safe, compliant medical marijuana program in Missouri.

     

    The membership-based association is directed by a board of diverse professionals experienced in medical marijuana, healthcare, law, pharmaceutical, science, agriculture, law enforcement, security, commercial real estate, finance, public affairs and regulatory sectors.

     

    To learn more about MoCannTrade please visit www.mocanntrade.org

  • Andrew Mullins posted an article
    Store openings, sales and patient enrollment accelerate heading into spring see more

    Store openings, sales and patient enrollment accelerate heading into spring

     

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Just shy of the industry’s six-month mark for operations, 120 medical cannabis businesses are now approved to do business in Missouri, where patient enrollment approaches six figures and cumulative sales are just shy of $30 million.

    Eighty (80) of the facilities to receive state operating approval to date are retail dispensaries, as new locations open across Missouri on a near-daily basis. The state Department of Health and Senior Services has licensed a total of 347 facilities to cultivate, manufacture, test and dispense medical marijuana to Missouri patients.

    Weekly medical marijuana sales in Missouri have averaged more than $2.5 million over the past month, with DHSS reporting cumulative medical cannabis sales of nearly $30 million statewide through Friday, April 9.  

    As of Monday, more than 95,000 patients and caregivers have received their state-approved medical cannabis cards, with thousands more applications pending.

    “We’ve been crisscrossing the state for weeks now as new businesses continue to come online,” said Andrew Mullins, executive director of MoCannTrade (The Missouri Medical Cannabis Trade Association). “Our growing industry is not only improving the health and well-being of Missouri patients but also creating thousands of new jobs while funneling millions in new and needed tax revenue to the state.”

    Medical cannabis sales in Missouri include an additional 4 percent sales tax dedicated to health

    and care of military veterans.

    To highlight the breadth of knowledge, experience and passion seen throughout Missouri’s newest high-impact industry, MoCannTrade offers these brief member spotlights:

     

    fresh.green dispensaries

    Locations: Kansas City, Lee's Summit

    Owners: Bianca and Rob Sullivan

    Attorneys Bianca and Rob Sullivan had a successful law practice in Kansas City for more than a decade before the couple ventured into the medical cannabis industry.

    With the October 2020 debut of its Lee’s Summit location, fresh.green was the first dispensary to open in the Kansas City area, and the second statewide. Its second store in Kansas City’s Waldo neighborhood opened in March.

    The locations are intentional for the Sullivans – Bianca grew up in Waldo, and the couple raised their children in Lee’s Summit.

    As part of its corporate philosophy, fresh.green provides a dedicated percentage of its profits in the form of discounted or free medicine for patients in need, including veterans — an amount Rob Sullivan said topped over $150,000 in the last two months of 2020 alone.

     

    Missouri Wild Alchemy

    Locations: O’Fallon (two dispensaries)

    Owners: Jason and Nicole Crady, Scott Hitchcock

    As a career firefighter and paramedic, Jason Crady has seen the opioid epidemic’s damage firsthand. As a pharmacist, his wife and business partner Nicole is keenly attuned to the importance of patient education both in the field and at their two Missouri Wild Alchemy dispensaries in St. Charles County. Their third partner, civil engineer Scott Hitchcock, tapped his skills to help design the two retail outlets.

    As lifelong Missourians with deep community connections, the Missouri Wild Alchemy team takes pride in their patient- and community-first approach.

     

    Flora Farms

    Locations: Humansville (cultivation and dispensary), Neosho and Springfield (dispensaries)

    Owners: BD Health, ERBA Holdings; Mark Hendren, president

    With a 120,000-square-foot indoor growing facility and three dispensaries across southwest Missouri, Flora Farms fixes its focus squarely outside the state’s two big cities – and two most congested markets.

    The Springfield/Joplin ownership group includes doctors, lawyers, CPAs and business owners from the four-state region (state law requires Missouri ownership of at least 50 percent; President Mark Hendren says Missourians account for 80 percent of ownership).

    Flora Farms won state approval to begin operations at its cultivation facility in October 2020, with its three dispensaries opening between December 2020 and February of this year.

    Hendren said the company plans to increase its growing capacity by 50 percent before year’s end, producing more than 3,000 pounds of cannabis per month and making it one of the largest indoor cultivators in the state.

     

    The Valley

    Location: Farmington

    Owners: Dan and Alex Freund   

    After nearly a quarter-century as a small-town pharmacist, Dan Freund joined his son Alex, a recent college graduate, to own Farmington’s only medical cannabis dispensary – in the same building Medicap Pharmacy previously called home.

    Freund says he pivoted to help “veterans with PTSD, patients undergoing chemotherapy, people with psychiatric problems and to add to the quality of people’s lives in southeastern Missouri.”

    The Valley opened February 1.

     

    COCO

    Locations: Chillicothe, Hannibal and Moberly (dispensaries), COCO Labs, Clarence (infused products manufacturing)

    Owners: Ethan, Clay and Brooke Foster; Skyler, Mark and Amy Thomas

    Many businesses strive to create a family atmosphere at work, cannabis included. At COCO and COCO Labs, it really is (almost) all in the family.

    With a University of Missouri plant science degree and medical cannabis cultivation experience in New Mexico, COCO owner Ethan Foster enlisted his parents as partners in the northern Missouri company, joined by a second family. The Foster clan also own C&R Supermarkets, an 11-store grocery chain in business since 1957.

    With deep family roots in northern Missouri, COCO is proud of the “small-town hospitality” at its three retail locations, said chief operating officer Brooke Foster, who is also Ethan’s Mom. Co-founder Skyler Thomas is Ethan Foster’s cousin (their mothers are sisters).

    “We felt strongly that Missouri patients in this part of the state needed easy access to their medicine,” she said.

     

    Nirvana Investments LLC

    Locations: N’Bliss dispensaries (Ellisville, Festus, House Springs and Manchester); 5150 N’fusion manufacturing/infused products (Festus); Bold Lane Logistics transportation (Festus)

    Owner: Brad Goette, CEO/managing partner, Nirvana Investments

    N’Bliss is rightfully proud of its status as the first legal cannabis dispensary to commence operations in Missouri, as well as the site of the state’s first legal medical cannabis patient purchase in October 2020. But that was only the beginning for CEO Brad Goette and his team.

    Its two Jefferson County dispensaries will soon open in the coming weeks, while its manufacturing and infused products facility, also in JeffCo, is expected to receive state operating approval in May. That paves the way for Nirvana’s full line of edibles, concentrates, vape cartridges and more.

    May is also when the LLC’s transportation licensee opens its doors.

    N’Bliss dispensaries are also open to the public for CBD sales, a market differentiation company leaders say makes for a more welcoming environment to help educate and engage with prospective patients.

     

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    MoCannTrade (The Missouri Medical Cannabis Trade Association) is an association of business owners, health care providers, professionals, patients and residents responsible for helping to implement a successful, safe, compliant medical marijuana program in Missouri.

    The membership-based association is directed by a board of diverse professionals experienced in medical marijuana, healthcare, law, pharmaceutical, science, agriculture, law enforcement, security, commercial real estate, finance, public affairs and regulatory sectors.

    To learn more about MoCannTrade please visit www.mocanntrade.org