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Two years after Amendment 2 vote, Springfield’s first medical marijuana dispensary set to open

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Old Route 66 Wellness, the first medical marijuana dispensary in the Springfield area to receive its operating paperwork from Missouri health authorities, said Friday night that it plans to open in early November.

Monday, Nov. 2, will be “special VIP day,” said two company principals on a YouTube video released about 6:30 p.m. on Friday. The company has set up a VIP program through social media for interested patients.

The following day — Election Day — the dispensary will open to any member of the public with a lawful Missouri medical marijuana patient card.

“This is fantastic news for the Springfield area,” said Cindy Northcutt, a cannabis attorney and industry consultant based in Springfield. “I have had the great pleasure of working with the team at Old Route 66 dispensary — they are wonderful and I know they’ll provide excellent patient education and customer service to southwest Missouri patients.”

Missouri’s first legal dispensaries opened last weekend in suburban St. Louis.

Missouri voters adopted a medical marijuana constitutional amendment in 2018.

To make a purchase at the dispensary, patients must hold a qualifying medical marijuana card issued by Missouri health authorities.

Springfield’s medical marijuana dispensary opens to the public

Posted: Nov 3, 2020 / 04:43 PM CST / Updated: Nov 3, 2020 / 06:00 PM CST

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Exactly two years after Missourians approved medical marijuana, Springfield’s first dispensary is now open to card holders.

Old Route 66 Wellness Dispensary hosted a soft opening for its VIP members on Monday, Nov. 2. On Nov. 3, the dispensary opened its doors to the public for the first time.

Owner John Lopez says a line almost backed up to Glenstone caused them to open an hour early.

“It’s been a journey from the beginning,” said Lopez. “Our team, we put it all on the line. We bought this building before we even got the license. We risked a lot, but it’s going to be worth it. We know patients personally that have to have this, including ourselves, and we’re just super excited to get going.”

Right now, the dispensary is only selling marijuana in flower form. Lopez anticipates things like edibles, vapes, and other manufactured products, hopefully by the end of the year.

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Exactly two years after Missourians approved medical marijuana, Springfield’s first dispensary is now open to card holders. Old Route 66 Wellness Dispensary hosted a soft opening for its VIP members on Monday, Nov. 2. On Nov. 3, the dispensary opened its doors to the public for the first time. Owner John Lopez […]