Bednar said the state lacked a rational basis for issuing the caps, violating state law governing the rule-making process. Lawyers for the state disagree.
In an October deposition, Lyndall Fraker, the director of the state’s medical marijuana program, said that in general, limits on the number of sellers in a market could increase consumer prices.
“So would you then agree with me that when you limit the number of sellers in the market, it has an impact on price?” Bednar asked.
“There could be an effect,” Fraker said.
Bednar asked why the people of Boonville, for example, wouldn’t have a dispensary nearby.
“There will be many towns and many folks in Missouri that won’t have a dispensary in their town,” Fraker responded.
After some more dialogue, Bednar asked: “It is your rule that prevents others from being licensed in that city, correct?”
Fraker said: “Yes. Yes.”
First to market
Bethanie White, director of marketing for Clovr Cannabis in Kansas City, said the company is planning to stock dispensary shelves with marijuana-infused products as early as this week.
Clovr is the first marijuana-infused products manufacturer to get the go-ahead from Missouri regulators.