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Marijuana

An employee at an Ohio medical marijuana cultivator works on topping a marijuana plant.

JEFFERSON CITY — The number of applications to Missouri's Department of Health and Senior Services for medical marijuana facilities surged Monday to about 2,100.

About 800 applications came in during the last 24 hours before the deadline at 4:30 p.m. Monday. 

A breakdown of applications by location and facility type will be publicly available in the coming weeks, according to the state agency overseeing the process. 

Not all applicants will win a license. Missouri is required by law to approve at least 10 testing facilities, 60 commercial growers, 86 facilities that make marijuana-infused products and 192 dispensaries — 24 dispensaries for each of Missouri's eight congressional districts. 

A Nevada company that oversaw marijuana business licenses there will score applicants for Missouri's medical marijuana industry.