Bianca and Rob Sullivan’s new medical cannabis dispensary, Fresh Green in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, opened at noon on Monday. By Tuesday evening, the third dispensary to open in Missouri was completely sold out of product. They served around 550 customers in two days.

“There were hundreds lined up outside. It was shocking. It was freezing rain. They needed umbrellas and still waited out there,” said Biaca Sullivan. “I asked people in line how long they waited. The longest was six and a half hours on Monday. [Tuesday] the wait was two and a half hours.”

After N’Bliss’ opening of two dispensaries near St. Louis on Saturday, Fresh Green was the next store, limited to stock they received from the only cultivation facility able to deliver tested product, Archimedes Medical Holdings in Perryville. And that delivery was limited to four strains of bud and pre-ground flower, the latter the result of disassembled pre-rolls that Missouri regulators recently ruled must be assembled by manufacturers, not cultivators.

Fresh Green limited purchases this week to one eighth, significantly less than N’Bliss, which sold customers as much as one ounce per purchase. Still, product went quickly for the dispensary, and Sullivan doesn’t expect to have more on hand until early next week.

“There’s more going to testing in two weeks, and then there should be a lot larger shipment, ten-plus strains in November. That’s their last harvest. Because they’re an outdoor grow, it will come in November,” said Sullivan. “Manufactured goods should come in December,” once the Missouri regulators certify manufacturing facilities.

Bianca Sullivan, an attorney who practiced with her husband, is winding down the family law practice as they move to becoming full-time cannabis dispensary operators.

“It’s busy, but we’re making it work. He still has to do the work required on the cases we have, so that’s going to take a while. But physically, we are going to be here,” said Sullivan.


Editor Mike is a co-founder and the editor of Grown In, a U.S. national cannabis industry newsletter and training company. His career has taken him from Capitol Hill to Chicago City Hall, from...