St. Clair medical marijuana dispensary sales surprisingly high – The Missourian

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Soaring sales at St. Clair-based Taste Buds Dispensary has co-owner Larry Stiffelman forecasting $2 million in revenue in its first year of operation.

Open just five months, Taste Buds is averaging around $7,000 a day in sales, putting the medical marijuana retailer, at 1909 N. Service Road E., on a path to double or triple original revenue expectations, Stiffelman said.

According to Stiffelman’s estimates, Franklin County should receive $45,000 in revenue from the 2.25 percent county sales tax in the first year; St. Clair should receive $80,000 from the 4 percent city sales tax.

In Washington, Kathleen Beebe, human resources director and regional manager for Missouri Health & Wellness, said, “we’re on path to what we expected” following a slow start. Beebe would not disclose revenue for the medical marijuana dispensary, which opened Nov. 30 at 901 E. First St.

Stiffelman and Beebe said supply has improved with time, as has the customer base.

“There were a lot of reasons why people were behind, I think COVID being the primary reason,” Beebe said. “Our suppliers couldn’t get building supplies to finish out their buildings, so they were a little bit behind, and it’s taken a while for those harvests to come through.”

A marijuana plant takes about three to four months to progress from seed to sold, she said.

“We planned for having a lot of people and people standing in line and trying to manage that with social distancing, and it did not happen like that,” Beebe said. “It was not a major flood of people. I think what we’ve been experiencing is that people are slowly coming out.”

Beebe said Missouri Health & Wellness sees

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