There’s no easy way to figure out who owns a Missouri cannabis license. The state has not released ownership information from applications. In fact the state has fought to keep names secret. Missouri corporation and LLC filings do not require owners or managers to be listed, and in fact creates a different kind of category, “organizer”, which is simply the name and address of the person who filed the paperwork on behalf of the owner, manager, or agent.
So, to better understand the cannabis playing field, Grown In conducted an exhaustive search for information on each license, by comparing organizer names, addresses, reviewing land records at recorder of deeds offices, news articles, and social media accounts. We also applied some of our own background knowledge of cannabis companies and entrepreneurs from other states to make more than a few connections that otherwise would not easily show themselves in public records.
Here is what we found. Not all licensed companies are listed, only the ones on which we could find information.
Agri-Genesis LLC is owned by Richard and Jody Gunnels. Richard Gunnels is a long-time Macon County farmer and was awarded three cultivation licenses, all in the town of Macon.
Archimedes Medical Holdings LLC is owned by investment advisor Jason Buchheit and Blonie Dudney, a St. Louis eye doctor also heading up cannabis products company Artemis Therapeutics, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Archimedes has two cultivator licenses in Perryville, with addresses immediately adjacent to licenses adjacent to Focus Partners and FUJM LLC.
BeLeaf Medical includes three cultivation licenses in St. Louis, Jonesburg, and a location in Earth City that is already producing product. BeLeaf is owned by a group led by marketing executive Mitch Meyers and cannabis veteran John Curtis.
Bloom Medicinals of MO is tied to Florida-based multi-state operator, Bloom Medicinals, owned and managed by Nicole Van Rensburg, who got her start in 2015 as a medical marijuana license owner in Romeoville, Illinois, which was sold to PharmaCann. Bloom owns cultivation licenses in O’Fallon and Plattsburg.
Blue Arrow Holdings is connected to St. Louis personal injury attorney John Wilbers. Blue Arrow has two cultivation licenses in St. Louis.
Bootheel CannaCare is owned by a team including attorney Josh Tomlin, Dr. Lara Huffman and mental health care manager Lori Garrett. The team is emphasizing medical care for their cultivation facility in Caruthersville.
CPC of Missouri – Smithville LLC is connected to Massachusetts-based multi-state operator Calyx Peak, with three cultivation licenses in Smithville.
Feels Good Green Products LLC, also known as Carroll County Cannabis Company, or C4 Pharms, is owned by cleanroom construction company owner Ty Klein and his childhood friend Brandon Green. C4 has three cultivation licenses in Carrollton.
Focus Partners has three cultivation licenses, two in Kansas City, and one in Perryville, which it will operate in conjunction with a license next door owned by FUJM LLC. According to documents submitted to the Kansas City, Missouri Department of Planning, Focus Partners is owned by Kansas City attorney Jim Mueller and Overland Park private equity consultant David George.
GF Saint Mary LLC is owned and operated by real estate investor Robert Greene and medical device sales executive Brian Fox under the brand GreeneFox and two cultivation licenses in St. Mary. Greene got his start in cannabis when he won a medical cannabis dispensary license in 2015, in Marion, Illinois under the brand Harbory, which was later sold to Consume Cannabis.
Growing Jobs Missouri LLC appears to be owned by Joy Clarke, a senior vice president at Mission: St. Louis. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Vince Field, who is connected to Chicago-based multi-state operator Justice Grown, is the license’s principal contact. Growing Jobs has one cultivation licence in St. Louis.
Harvest of Missouri LLC with two cultivation licenses in Joplin is connected to Harvest Health & Recreation, a multi-state operator based in Phoenix, Arizona.
Hippos LLC is owned by former Southern Illinois beer distributor Nicholas Rinella with one cultivation license in Vienna.
Holistic Missouri LLC is connected to multi-state operator Holistic Industries, based in Suburban Maryland outside of Washington, D.C. Holistic has three cultivation licenses in Sunrise Beach, Cassville, Kansas City.
Local Leaf LLC is owned by Kansas City tanning supplies magnate Greg Hensen with one cultivation license in Butler.
OXG LLC, operating as Onyx 7, is connected to California-based multi-state operator From The Earth and is locally operated by recent law school grad, Nate Ruby with a cultivation license in Independence.
Standard Wellness Missouri LLC is connected to Ohio-based multi-state operator Standard Wellness with three cultivation licenses in Vandalia.
TC AppliCo LLC, which has one cultivation license in St. Louis, appears to be linked to multi-state operator Justice Grown. Listed operator Vince Field is an attorney with the law firm of Justice Grown owner Jon Loevy.