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Medical marijuana dispensary licenses signed in Iowa

Lucas Nelson, general manager of outsourcing services for Kemin Industries, talks in the entrance to MedPharm Iowa in Des Moines on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. The company recently received the state's only license to grow and process medical cannabidiol. MedPharm will have products ready to sell by December 1, 2018. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)
Lucas Nelson, general manager of outsourcing services for Kemin Industries, talks in the entrance to MedPharm Iowa in Des Moines on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. The company recently received the state's only license to grow and process medical cannabidiol. MedPharm will have products ready to sell by December 1, 2018. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

Iowa Department of Public Health officials on Thursday signed licenses for five dispensaries allowed to sell medical marijuana.

The state now will do background checks on owners and employees before the operators can sell medical marijuana products starting Dec. 1, said Sarah Reisetter, deputy public health director said Thursday.

The public health department announced Tuesday it would license dispensaries in Council Bluffs, Davenport, Waterloo, Windsor Heights and Sioux City. Although applicants sought licenses for Cedar Rapids, Coralville and Iowa City, none of these sites was chosen for one of the five available licenses.

Recipients of the licenses are MedPharm Iowa for dispensaries in Windsor Heights, a Des Moines suburb, and Sioux City; Heart Compassion Care in Council Bluffs and Davenport; and Iowa Cannabis Company in Waterloo.

Dispensaries are required to pay annual fees of $75,000 to $125,000.

Medical marijuana products, including cream, suppositories, inhalers and oil, will be manufactured by MedPharm in 15,000 square feet of space leased from Kemin Industries in Des Moines. MedPharm is the state’s only licensed medical marijuana manufacturer.

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