A Warrenton business was awarded a marijuana wholesaler license by the Missouri Department of Cannabis Regulation in the August 2023 lottery.
A Warren County business received one of 48 marijuana microbusiness licenses issued by the Missouri Division of Cannabis Regulation in an August lottery.
The wholesaler license for Vandiver-Thomas Enterprises in Warrenton was announced Oct. 4.
Six licenses were awarded to businesses in each of the state’s congressional districts. Of those, four were wholesale facility licenses and two were dispensary licenses.
In district three, which covers most of Warren County, the two dispensary licenses went to businesses in Wentzville and Elsberry.
In addition to the Warrenton business, the three remaining wholesaler licenses went to companies in Elsberry and Festus.
Several other Warren County businesses failed to secure a license through the drawing.
Those included Ken’s Cannabis Company and Breezy Days LLC in Wright City, Sacred Soil Company in Warrenton, Merely Grows LLC in Truesdale, Aircowboy Farms LLC in Marthasville, and Up in Toke, Dazed Days, and Derek’s Dream LLC in Foristell.
According to the news release issued with the announcement, the state reviewed each recipient to ensure they were eligible for the license.
More than 1,600 businesses across the state applied for this drawing, which is the first of three. Businesses not selected are eligible to reapply for a future drawing.
Marijuana was legalized in the state in December 2022, and the first day of licensed recreational sales was Feb. 3. More than $8 million was sold in the first weekend, and sales have topped a billion dollars as of August, according to the Division of Cannabis Regulation website.
About the author: Jason Koch is the editor of The Warren County Record, and covers local news and government for the newspaper. He has won multiple awards from both the Indiana and Illinois APME and from the Illinois Press Association. He can be reached at 636-456-6397 or at email@example.com