KANSAS CITY, Mo. — When Missouri’s first medical marijuana dispensary opened last October, a long line of patients waited to step inside the fresh.green dispensary in Lee’s Summit.

Since then, business has expanded to the Waldo neighborhood in Kansas City.

“Our patient list, we have probably over 10,000 different patients that we have served in this time,” said Rob Sullivan, co-owner of fresh.green dispensary.

Sullivan said his own perceptions of who is a patient have changed in his eight months of business.

“When we opened, I had sort of an impression of what I thought it was going to be, turned out completely different,” he said. “We have an average age of patients in the 50s.”

fresh.green is one of 125 dispensaries operating in the state. In the months since dispensaries began operating, there are more than 120,000 documented medical marijuana patients, and the industry is responsible for 3,500 jobs, with sales surpassing $70 million, according to MoCannTrade, an association of business owners, health care providers, patients and residents wanting a compliant medical marijuana program in Missouri.

One person who found a job in this budding industry is Logan Schutte, a budtender at fresh.green dispensary.

“With COVID, I actually got laid off in the

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