Hundreds of companies denied applications to grow and sell pot in Missouri are appealing.

The state appeals court now says those applications cannot be kept secret.

The response comes after a California-based company was denied an application, but also wanted to know why.

The company wanted to review what successful applications looked like.

Now the California-company and hundreds of others want to know if the scoring system used to give licenses was fair.

The Department of Health and Senior Services says a constitutional amendment that made the program requires applications to be confidential.