Humansville cannabis-grower Flora Farms approved to operate – News-Leader


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A commercial marijuana-grower expected to supply dispensaries in Springfield, Neosho, Cassville and elsewhere got state approval to operate this week.

On Friday, Humansville-based Flora Farms, granted a permit to cultivate marijuana along with three dispensary permits earlier this year, announced that its 55,000-square-foot growing center was approved Wednesday.

Flora Farms said on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020 that Missouri approved its Humansville cannabis cultivation center to operate, making it the sixth active licensed commercial marijuana-grower in the Show-Me State. (Photo: Courtesy Flora Farms)

That makes Flora Farms the sixth licensed medical marijuana grower in Missouri, the company said Friday.

Mark Hendren, Flora Farms chief operating officer, thanked staff, business partners and Missouri health department officials for their help in getting the business started, in a Friday news release. Hendren added, “We’d like to take a moment to celebrate, but now the real work begins.”

Flora Farms calls its growing facility “the first operation in Missouri to be

built from the ground up for the specific purpose of growing medical cannabis.” Missouri’s growing centers are frequently repurposed buildings: For example, the 96,000-square-foot Greenlight growing facility in the Kansas City region used to be a Pepsi plant, the Missouri Medical Cannabis Trade Association, or MoCannTrade, said last week.

In Humansville, Flora Farms now has the capacity for 30,000 square feet of “flowering canopy” and expects to double that size early next year, the company said Friday.

Approved by voters in 2018, the state constitutional amendment on medical marijuana calls for a system including

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