“They flood and wash out a lot of times. And some days I feel like I’ve been flooded and washed out,” he added.
In rural areas, the I-44 and I-70 corridors stood out as relatively patient-heavy, along with the Joplin and Branson areas. Very small numbers of patients are located in regions including the Missouri Bootheel and northern Missouri areas butting up against Iowa.
What you should know about medical marijuana in Missouri: How to get a card, what are the qualifiers and more. Wochit
The line was an apparent reference to howls from jilted companies and lawmakers over the state medical marijuana licensing process for businesses, along with accusations advanced by some that Wise Health Solutions, the company hired to “blind score” the license applications, engaged in wrongdoing.
Editor’s note: This report is part of a series of updates from the Missouri cannabis trade conference in downtown St. Louis this week. News-Leader reporter Gregory Holman has been following legal, business and social aspects of medical marijuana since Missouri voters passed Amendment 2 in 2018.
Dedee Culley, a nurse from Republic, Mo., attended the MoCannBizCon+Expo in St. Louis on Monday, March 2, 2020. She owns 2 Leaf Nurses, an education and patient advocacy venture. (Photo: Gregory Holman/Springfield News-Leader)
He said 35,532 Missourians have been approved for qualifying medical marijuana patient cards as of Feb. 24. The number increases daily. His division’s small staff has handled more than 45,000 calls and emails over the past year, Fraker said.
“You know, down in southwest Missouri we have a lot of bridges,” Fraker said when he took the podium, flanked by a row of hemp plants, new since the last year.
A representative with Midwest Canna Expos, the conference organizer, said the company did not have an attendee count by late morning Monday because many attendees registered at the door, not in advance. As she introduced Fraker, Midwest Canna Expos CEO Karin Chester told the crowd that 129 vendors were attending Missouri’s biggest weed-industry event this year.
At a St. Louis conference, the state medical marijuana director presented new data on where patients live and the biggest age groups opting in.