Flora Farms

Mark and Shanna Mosley (left) check out the selection of product as budtender Stalena Elsten assists during the opening day of medical marijuana sales on Thursday at Flora Farms in Neosho. Globe | Laurie Sisk

New Year's Eve was opening day for Flora Farms, 890 W. Harmony St. in Neosho. It's the first medical marijuana dispensary in Newton County and the Joplin area to open to customers.

Supplies were limited on pre-rolled joints in four different strains from partner CLOVR Cannabis. They also offered cannabis beverages and gummies. Other infused products are expected to be available in the following weeks.

Dispensaries in Missouri are opening two years after voters approved a constitutional amendment in November 2018 allowing for a program that is being overseen by the state Department of Health and Senior Services.

For more information, check out reporter Kimberly Barker's story at joplinglobe.com and in Friday's edition.

We'll also bring you:

  • Coverage of the Pittsburg State University men's basketball team, which has an exhibition at home today against Baker University.
  • The latest COVID-19 death counts, including new reports from Jasper and Lawrence counties and the city of Joplin.
  • A caution from Newton County officials against a COVID-19 scam related to contract tracing.

All this and more can be found today and throughout the holiday weekend at joplinglobe.com and in your print editions. Stay safe, and have a happy new year!

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Emily Younker is the managing editor at the Joplin Globe. Contact: eyounker AT joplinglobe DOT com.