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First Kansas City-area medical marijuana dispensary opens

October 19, 2020 GMT

LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. (AP) — The first medical marijuana dispensary in the Kansas City area drew a good-sized crowd when it opened Monday, despite having limited supplies or varieties for customers.

Dozens of people lined up before Fresh Green opened in Lee’s Summit. The owners, Rob and Bianca Sullivan, plan to eventually open another dispensary in Kansas City.

“I feel great to be able to provide people with what they should have been able to have forever,” Rob Sullivan said. “It’s been a long time coming.”

Two dispensaries opened Saturday in the St. Louis area, two years after voters approved a constitutional amendment allowing medical marijuana in the state.

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B.J. Works, 60, of Grain Valley, was the first in line Monday in Lee’s Summit. The disabled veteran said marijuana alleviates chronic pain from cancer and controls anxiety better than opioid prescriptions, The Kansas City Star reported.

The supply and variety is limited because few cultivators in the state have plants mature enough to harvest.

Buyers must have a state medical marijuana card and are limited to up to 4 ounces of unprocessed marijuana per month.

The state’s 192 approved dispensaries are expected to be open by the end of the year, health officials said.