St. Louis, Missouri 2020-10-18 09:32:00 –
Modern history was made in Ellisville on Saturday. Qualified patients lined up in poor strip malls to buy the first lab-tested medical marijuana from a Missouri-approved clinic.
15396 Manchester Road’s storefront, N’Bliss, sits between an Outback Steakhouse with shutters and the former Pier 1 Imports Store. The demand for marijuana has brought new life to the region and a story of struggle.
“While working on the Missouri Medical Marijuana Program, Missouri patients have always been our North Star,” said Dr. Randall Williams, director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, in a news release. Missouri. “We are very grateful for how hard everyone has worked so that patients can begin to access safe and well-regulated programs.”
The state expects most of the 192 licensed clinics to open by the end of the year. Health officials say Missouri is one of the fastest states in the country to launch a medical marijuana program. — JESSE BOGAN, ST.Lewis Post Dispatch