Medical marijuana was voted into law by Missouri voters in the fall of 2018. Two years later, medical dispensaries are starting to pop up around St. Joseph.
Vertical Enterprise is one that will start selling legal medical cannabis soon. Several other shops have been selling for several months. It leaves some businesses in the area who have not been approved for a license to sell wondering when they will get their shot to provide for patients.
“We are still waiting on the appeal process,” Andrew Hicks, owner of 20 after 4, said. “Their first denial has been retracted about five times. We are still hopeful.”
20 After 4 is able to help patients grow their own plants in their shop legally. Hicks has done this for two years. He loves helping people learn about the process as he believes it is the cheapest route for patients. On the other hand, he is frustrated — right now, the license is being withheld because of a speeding ticket.
“Grasping for straws,” Hicks said. “But I don’t have anything else to do, so we can wait forever and go to appeal. It might be a year from now, but people