ROLLA — Trinity Missouri’s grand opening isn’t until Friday, but that didn’t stop dozens of medical marijuana card holders, some who came from as far as 50 miles away, from lining up outside the dispensary before the soft opening Monday morning.
“Definitely more than we expected,” Trinity manager Adam Stacey said of the opening day crowd. “We weren’t expecting a line this morning.”
Medical marijuana sales started in Missouri in October, with the first locations in the St. Louis and Kansas City areas. Now they are starting to open in more rural areas, including Rolla.
Stacey said it’s easier to open a dispensary in a smaller town because national companies are looking to compete in metro areas.
“We’re at an advantage because we are sticking to what we know — the smaller communities, the Ozarks, not just the big traffic count crossroads,” Stacey said.
Trinity is planning to open locations in nearby St. James and Salem in the next couple of months. The state granted a license to a second dispensary in Rolla, to Holistic Missouri, but there is no timetable for when it may open.
Stacey isn’t sure there is a need for a second dispensary in Rolla.
“I’m sure we can adequately serve the area,