Surprise, Missouri! State opens adult-use marijuana sales three days early

Published on February 3, 2023
Missouri gave the green light to adult-use sales on Friday morning, three days ahead of schedule. The first sale at Good Day Farm in Independence, pictured here, happened at 8:12 a.m. (Photo: Good Day Farm)

Missouri officially joined the adult-use club early this morning, as state officials gave the green light to recreational sales three days ahead of schedule.

This marks the fastest vote-to-sale time in legal cannabis history. Missouri voters approved adult-use legalization on the Nov. 8, 2022, ballot. Less than three months later, local residents lined up to sample the goods.

How to find the legal weed stores opening in Missouri

Sales were expected to begin on Monday, Feb. 6, but yesterday afternoon state regulatory officials said they would allow adult-use sales to start on Friday morning at 196 operating medical marijuana dispensaries.

That caused some confusion, as it remained unclear whether all stores would be ready to serve non-medical customers over the weekend.

A number of stores were vying for “first sale” bragging rights. The Good Day Farm store in Independence recorded its first sale (photo above) at 8:12 a.m.

Store managers Mike and Phillip Williams celebrate the opening of rec sales outside Luxury Leaf, a Black-owned cannabis store in St. Louis. (Photo: Janessa Bailey / Leafly)

Leafly will continue to follow today’s opening as it rolls on across the state.

Congratulations, Missouri!

Ready for the crowds

The crew at Good Day Farm in St. Louis’ Central West End gets ready to serve Missouri’s first recreational cannabis customers. (Photo: Janessa Bailey / Leafly)

Just hanging at the dispo

We’re open. No, really, we’re open.

Budtender Trevor Izar is ready to serve customers 21 and older at Viola, a new store across from the new soccer stadium in St. Louis. (Photo: Janessa Bailey / Leafly)

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Bruce Barcott
Bruce Barcott
Leafly Senior Editor Bruce Barcott oversees news, investigations, and feature projects. He is a Guggenheim Fellow and author of Weed the People: The Future of Legal Marijuana in America.
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