Missouri dispensary licenses: Who owns what

If you wanted to know which Missouri dispensary licenses are controlled by whom, we couldn’t tell you for sure. That’s because Missouri, like Illinois and unlike Michigan, does not make public the ownership structure of cannabis licenses issued by the state. Two weeks ago we set out to better understand the landscape when we published a list of Missouri cultivation sites and the owners we could identify. Today, we are publishing a list of 56 dispensary license owners we could identify through public records and news reports.

This list is far from complete. Some business owners have managed to keep themselves well hidden, and for every company listed below there are likely many minority owners that remain undisclosed. There are also dozens of dispensary licenses we could not identify or confirm ownership. What you see here is what we believe to be correct.

While there numerous multi-state operators are listed, such as Verano, Columbia Care, C3, Grassroots, Justice Grown, Harvest, Terrapin, and Holistic Industries, there are many more Missouri-based companies and independents. Clearly, it is a diverse group.

29 and 79 LLC is owned by Farmington community pharmacist Daniel Freund and Alex Freund, a recent college graduate. They have a dispensary license in Farmington.

Agri-Genesis LLC is owned by Richard and Jody Gunnels. Richard Gunnels is a long-time Macon County farmer and was awarded five dispensary licenses, in St. Louis, Moberly, Parkville, Kirksville, and Macon.

BD Health is teaming up with ERBA Holdings LLC, a group of investors from Joplin, to operate a cultivation site in Humansville under the brand name Flora Farms. They were also awarded two dispensary licenses in Humansville and Springfield.

BeLeaf Medical includes five dispensary licenses in St. Louis, Ellisville and St. Peters as well as 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. We wrote a profile of BeLeaf last week.

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 as well as four dispensary licenses in O’Fallon, Plattsburg, Springfield, and Cape Girardeau.

Blue Arrow Holdings is connected to St. Louis personal injury attorney John Wilbers. Blue Arrow has two cultivation licenses in St. Louis and a dispensary license in Sunrise Beach.

Blue Sky Health & Wellness LLC is connected to Amitkumar Patel of Sunset Hills, which received a dispensary license in O’Fallon. Patel is also connected to Nature’s Med MO, which received a dispensary license for St. Louis.

A group of five dispensary licenses, operating as BesaMe Wellness Dispensaries, BMD Cameron, BMD Liberty, BMD Smithville, BMD Swift, and BMD Warrensburg, awarded for each of the respective towns, are connected to co-founder and former MoCannTrade board member Jack Mitchell.

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 and dispensary in New Madrid.

Cape Girardeau Investments LLC is one of four dispensary licenses tied to agent Megan Andrews, also including Hayti Investments LLC, Poplar Bluff Investments LLC, and Sikeston Investments LLC, each in those respective towns. The dispensary locations are part of a group of eleven Missouri dispensaries operated by Arkansas-based Greenlight Dispensary, which is owned by a group of investors, the largest of which is John Mueller’s Mid America Asset Management.

Columbia Care MO LLC is connected to Massachusetts-based multi-state operator Columbia Care, with one dispensary license in Washington.

COMO Health LLC, operating as 3 Fifteen Primo Cannabis, is owned by Columbia-based private equity manager Jason Corrado, with five dispensary licenses in Florissant, St. Louis, Valley Park, Columbia, and Branson West.

CPC of Missouri – Smithville LLC is connected to Massachusetts-based multi-state operator Calyx Peak, with three cultivation licenses in Smithville and a dispensary license in Kansas City.

Easy Mountain Investments LLC, operating as Easy Mountain Cannabis Company in Republic, is owned by Drew Beine and financial services manager Alex Paulson.

Dispensary licenses for FP1-S Florrissant LLC, FP-2 Natural Bridge LLC, and FP4-Broadway LLC in Ferguson, Berkeley, and St. Louis is connected to Focus Partners. 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.

Fresh Green LLC is owned by attorneys Rob and Bianca Sullivan of Lee’s Summit. Fresh Green has dispensary licenses in Lee’s Summit and Kansas City.

GF Wellness Franz Park LLC, GF Wellness S. Grand LLC, GF Wellness St. Peters LLC and GF Wright City LLC are all owned and operated by real estate investor Robert Greene and medical device sales executive Brian Fox under the brand GreeneFox. The company also has 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.

Grassroots OpCo MO LLC is connected to Chicago-based multi-state operator Grassroots Cannabis, which was recently purchased by Massachusetts-based Curaleaf in June. That company has five dispensary licenses in Independence, Blue Springs, Branson, Springfield, and Joplin.

Green Releaf Dispensary owns the licences of GRD Columbia LLC, GRD Mexico LLC, GRD Moberly LLC, and GRD Troy LLC in those respective towns. The entity is owned by discount wholesale business operator Jay Patel.

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 principal contact for the licenses. Growing Jobs has one cultivation licence in St. Louis as well as three dispensary licenses in St. Louis and a dispensary license in Ellisville.

Harmony Neosho LLC in Neosho is owned by the same team as BD Health which is operating a cultivation site in Humansville under the brand name Flora Farms.

Harvest of Missouri LLC with dispensary licenses for Lake St. Louis, Raymore, and West Plains, also has two cultivation licenses in Joplin. The company is connected to Harvest Health & Recreation, a multi-state operator based in Phoenix, Arizona.

Heya Eldon Retail LLC, as well as Heya Kirksville Retail LLC, Heya Park Hills Retail LLC, Heya St. Ann Retail II LLC, and Heya St. Charles Retail II LLC with dispensary licenses in each respective town, is owned by Steve Meyer, an agricultural technology expert from Monsanto. Heya also has one cultivation license in St. Ann.

Holistic Missouri LLC, with dispensary licenses in St. Louis, Sunrise Beach, and Columbia, is connected to multi-state operator Holistic Industries, based in Suburban Maryland outside of Washington, D.C., Holistic also has three cultivation licenses in Sunrise Beach, Cassville, and Kansas City.

JG Missouri is connected to Chicago-based multi-state operator Justice Grown, which is owned in large part by Chicago attorney Jon Loevy. JG Missouri has five dispensary licenses in Valley Park, Clayton, Belton, Kirksville, and Farmington as well as three cultivation licenses in Cuba.

Kansas City Cannabis Company LLC is owned and led by construction veteran Kevin Stallings with dispensary licenses for Excelsior Springs, Blue Springs, Kearney, and Lee’s Summit.

LSL Management LLC is owned by St. Louis real estate developer Kyle Lenzen and operations expert Jon Chisholm with three dispensary licenses in Fenton, Manchester, and St. Peters, as well as one cultivation license in St. Louis.

Missouri Health & Wellness LLC has five dispensary licenses in Washington, Jefferson City, Sedalia, Belton, and Kirksville. It is operated by Randy Stambaugh, but owner identities have not been released.

Missouri Joint Ventures LLC is owned by Mark Sullinger, an executive and pharmacist with Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis. The company has a single dispensary license in Nixa.

Missouri Made Marijuana LLC appears to be owned by Randy Black, a former Nevada gaming executive and owner of three Nevada dispensaries operating under the name Nevada Made Marijuana. Missouri Made has a dispensary license in Joplin and a cultivation license in Grain Valley.

Missouri Medical Marijuana Collective LLC has two dispensary licenses, in Jackson and Kennett. Owner identities have not been released, but St. Louis resident Justin Neely is the manager.

Missouri Wild Apothecary LLC, with two dispensary licenses in O’Fallon, is owned by the St. Louis husband and wife team of pharmacist Nicole Crady and paramedic Justin Crady.

Mo Med Chillicothe LLC, Mo Med Hannibal LLC, and Mo Med Moberly LLC, each with dispensary licenses in the respective towns, are owned by Brooke Foster, owner of the C&R Supermarket chain in Northeast Missouri.

Mother Dispensaries LLC, with a dispensary license in St. Joseph, is owned by a group led by attorney Bryant Lamer and entrepreneur John Galloway. Lamer and Galloway are also partner-owners with Missouri Farming Company, a hemp growing and processing company.

New Growth Horizon LLC, branded as Proper Brands, is owned by Center Oil Company heir Craig Parker and real estate developer Jon Pennington. They own two dispensary licenses in St. Louis and Warrenton as well as a cultivation license in St. Louis.

Nirvana Bliss is owned and operated by St. Louis marketing exec Bradford Goette who also operates a licensed cannabis transport company, a CBD company, and an infusion license. Nirvana Bliss has licenses in Festus, Ballwin, House Springs, Farmington, and Ellisville.

North Medical Group LLC, with two dispensary licenses in Pevely and Hillsboro, is owned by Zach Mangelsdorf, president of Barnhart fuel company, Home Service Oil Company.

Occidental Group LLC is owned by cannabis advocate Chris Chesley. Occidental owns dispensary licenses in University City and Festus.

Old Route 66 Wellness LLC, with two dispensary licenses in Springfield and Ozark, is owned by Juan “John” Lopez, a veteran and service dog trainer.

Organic Remedies MO, Inc. is owned by photographer Jessica Acheson connected to Pennsylvania-based cannabis company Organic Remedies, with a cultivation license in Chaffee and three dispensary licenses in Fenton, Sedalia, and Cape Girardeau.

OWG I LLC, OWG III LLC, and OWG V LLC own dispensary licenses in Springfield, West Plains and Mountain Grove. Stephanie Montgomery, a principal of the company, says they will not be operational before December 1.

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 and five dispensary licenses under various OXG name iterations in Independence, Raytown, and three in Kansas City.

Ozarx Botanicals LLC, with one dispensary license in Springfield, is owned by Larry Ellison, CFO for Canadian cannabis growing technology company, Atrios Global Holdings.

QPS Missouri Holdings LLC is connected to Oregon-based multi-state operator C3 Industries. QPS has five dispensary licenses in St. Charles, St. Louis, Columbia, St. Robert, and Cape Girardeau.

Revival Ninety-Eight LLC, owned by former NFL player Grant Wistrom, owns a dispensary license in Springfield.

Shangri-La has licensed dispensaries in Cameron, Jefferson, Nevada, and two in Columbia. It is partly owned and operated by Nevil Patel.

SLCC LLC, operated by David Alport, is owned by Portland, Oregon-based multi-state operator Bridge City Collective. SLCC has a dispensary license in Kansas City and a cultivation license in St. Louis.

SM04 LLC and SM05 LLC with dispensary licenses in Carthage and Lebanon are doing business as Blue Sage Cannabis Company and appear to be owned and operated by Harrisonville pharmacist LeAnne Dickerson.

SW Retail Holdings LLC with one dispensary license in West Branson, is owned by hospitality attorney John Bigler.

TC AppliCo LLC, which has five dispensary licenses in St. Louis, Creve Coeur, Eureka, Kansas City, and Florissant as well as 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.

Terrapin Investment Fund IV LLC is owned by Terrapin Care Company, a Boulder-based multi-state operator owned by Chris Woods. Terrapin has dispensary licenses in Belton and Kansas City.

The Dispensary LLC with a license in Cassville is owned by medical marijuana advocate Dr. Lisa Rourk.

V3 MO Vending, doing business as Terrabis and operated by David Zordan, has dispensary licenses in Hazelwood, Springfield, Kansas City, Creve Coeur, and O’Fallon. Terrabis is an aspiring multi-state operator, recently going to the tiebreaking round for Illinois dispensary licenses.

Verano MO LLC is connected to Chicago-based multi-state operator, Verano Holdings with one dispensary license in St. Joseph.Vertical Enterprise LLC is owned by Kansas City cannabis attorneyChristopher McHugh with one dispensary license and one cultivation license in St. Joseph.