Earlier in the year, prospective growers showed interest in three, vacant, industrial buildings to set up medical marijuana growing facilities in Boonville. There's still time, but so far, nobody has applied for a license with a Boonville address.

As pre-filed applications for medical marijuana dispensaries poured in to the state, Cooper County was left out.

Earlier in the year, several groups showed interest in opening marijuana growing facilities in the vacant GlenMartin and Nordyne buildings in Boonville, along with a spec building on Industrial Drive, said Assistant City Administrator Kate Fjell.

The official application period doesn’t open until next month, when hopeful medical marjuana entrepreneurs can apply from Aug. 3-17. Those groups can still apply for growing licenses, but Fjell said she hasn’t checked in with them recently to see if they still plan to apply.

The list of pre-applicants is now public because of a Sunshine Law case brought by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Eric Westhues, an architect working with clients who were interested in setting up growing facilities in Boonville, and who presented to the Boonville Planning and Zoning Board and City Council when they were considering medical marijuana zoning rules, could not immediately be reached before press time on Monday.

Through July 2, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has received 554 applications, including 308 for dispensaries, 160 for growing centers and 85 for infused-product manufacturers. With more applications sure to come, competition will be tight for the state’s 192 dispensary, 60 growing and 86 manufacturing licenses.

In Howard County, Fayette resident Eric McSwain pre-filed applications for a cultivation facility and a dispensary on County Road H, north of Burton. In Saline County, Blackburn resident Dean Beumer pre-filed an application for a growing facility on Dyer Rock Road, between Blackburn and Concordia.