Last updated: Feb 11, 2020 | USA
PUBLISHED : 11 Feb 2020 - 14:41
On Friday, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services began notifying companies that were awarded certifications for seed-to-sale tracking systems.
It was the final set of medical marijuana business license notifications in a series lasting nearly two months, as state authorities designated the first companies that will be able to enter Missouri's medical cannabis marketplace. Boosters say legal medical weed could amount to tens of millions in economic activity within a few years.
Seed-to-sale systems are software meant to help in "tracking medical marijuana from either the seed or immature plant stage until the medical marijuana is sold to a qualifying patient or primary caregiver," according to a written news release.
Missouri announced seed-to-sale tracking system permits for the state medical marijuana program on Jan. 31, 2020. In this Feb. 14, 2019 photo, a professor at the State University of New York in Morrisville displays some cannabis seeds. (Photo: Mary Esch, AP)
Late Friday, a spokesperson for the state health department said the list of seed-to-sale companies would likely be made public Monday, later than initially expected.
Licensed medical marijuana businesses like commercial grow operations, manufacturing facilities that will make products like edibles, and retail dispensary stores will be required to use seed-to-sale systems.
Those systems interface with a statewide track-and-trace setup created by Metrc. The Lakeland, Florida company won a $5 million statewide contract spanning 5 years, according to September reporting by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Metrc was already tied to cannabis systems in 11 other states.
One key aspect of Missouri's seed-to-sale software market is that unlike the highly coveted, limited number of licenses available for dispensaries, cultivators, manufacturers and testing labs, authorities did not limit the number of certifications available for seed-to-sale tracking, according to regulations published by the state health department.