Immediately after months of investigation and preparation, then far more than 18 hours spent uploading documents to the state’s health-related marijuana application portal, Stacy Glazer is anxiously waiting.

The business the 52-year-old Kansas City native formed with her older brother — Mandala Corp. — is now in the operating for 4 of the coveted licenses Missouri will hand out for health-related marijuana-associated firms.

A third-celebration blind scorer, hired by the state, will quickly commence evaluating far more than two,100 bids submitted by applicants. Winners will be announced at the finish of the year. The hopefuls variety from marijuana behemoths currently operating in other states to entrepreneurs attempting to launch new ventures.

In the two congressional districts that cover most of Kansas City, there are 626 applicants for licenses that span all 5 categories, according to a list supplied by the Missouri Division of Overall health and Senior Solutions.