Jonathan Robertson looks at products

Jonathan Robertson familiarizes himself with the products Feb. 18 at Taste Buds dispensary.

A majority of Missouri’s medical marijuana businesses, including several in Franklin County, have been granted extensions after failing to meet a one-year operating deadline, state authorities told The Missourian this week.

Statewide, approximately 260 of the state’s 370 licensed marijuana companies won’t have to open until as late as September rather than one year from the time they were required to open under state regulations. Receiving an extension is crucial for marijuana-related businesses, which under state law could face losing their license or certification if their facility “has not passed a commencement inspection within one year.”