This is the last, best American growth industry and activists are ready to go for "the full monty" and try to push recreational weed in order to send sales sky high.
So far, the economic data is rather kind . . .
"The sales revenue is pleasantly surprising," said Lyndall Fraker, director of medical marijuana section of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. "At the end of July, we surpassed $91 million in sales."
"The amendment that was voted on said that we should open the minimum number at least, which was 192 dispensaries," Fraker said. "As of today, we have 142 open. We've done the math, and based on the number of quantities that each patient can purchase each month, how much product it would take to serve the patient base, and we think we are going to be good for five or six years."
Fraker said he believes the other 50 dispensaries could be open by the end of the year.
In August alone, the industry generated more than $113 million in sales. As part of the amendment voters passed, after expenses are paid, the revenue goes toward the Missouri Veterans Commission.
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Missouri opened its first medical marijuana dispensary last October, and now there are more than 140 across the state, with more to come. The state's medical cannabis industry also employs roughly 5,000 people. Earlier this summer, Gov.