Arkansas OKs second medical cannabis grower as market launch nears

(This story has been updated to correct the amount of marijuana that dispensaries will be allowed to sell each patient.)

Arkansas regulators approved a second cultivation facility and said they expect to start final inspections of dispensaries by early April as the launch of the state’s medical marijuana program nears.

“We anticipate a limited number of dispensaries – less than five – may be open and selling product by the end of April,” Scott Hardin, spokesman for the Arkansas MMJ program, wrote in an email to Marijuana Business Daily.

“The industry should really begin to take off as we enter late spring and summer,” he added.

Here are the latest details on the program:

  • Osage Creek Cultivation in Carroll County became the second cultivator granted approval from the state to begin growing plants. Final approval is expected later this week for a third cultivator, Natural State Medicinals Cultivation, located in Jefferson County.
  • Bold Team in Cotton Plant (Woodruff County) began growing in early January. In all, state regulators have licensed five cultivators.
  • Patients were allowed to begin activating their medical marijuana cards in mid-February in anticipation of a possible late April launch. There currently are 7,640 approved patients, according to Hardin. Each will be allowed to purchase 2.5 ounces of medical marijuana every 14 days.
  • State regulators licensed 32 dispensaries in early February. These businesses must pass a final inspection before opening. While state regulators say they expect to begin final inspections by April, some dispensaries will take longer to open since they are building from the ground up.
6 comments on “Arkansas OKs second medical cannabis grower as market launch nears
  1. Candy Walsh on

    I have been waiting to apply for my card until the MMJ is actually available, but I have a couple of questions. Can my pain management or the specialist I see sign the consent form for me to get my card? Also, I know insurance will not cover this but how much can I expect to pay on average for the 1.5 ounces every 14 days?
    Thanks so much for the information and for all you do to keep us updated, I know myself and many others have waited a long time for this to alleviate some of the pain we deal with every single day.

    • ARAnyMouse on

      You can buy 2.5 oz every 2 weeks – not 1.5 . I would expect high prices while we wait for more than 1 grower and 5 dispensaries to get up and going. Prices in Oklahoma are around $275 – $300 (or more) per oz. And OK has a HUGE number of growers and dispensaries in operation.

      Also, Arkansas takes a LONG time to process applications – even those filed online. It took them a full 4 weeks to get my card mailed after I applied online.

      Good luck!

  2. jd on arkansas,,,,,arkansas deptment of health/mmj,,,,,,acia/mmj (arkansas cannabis industry association),,,420 news,,,leafly news and strains,,,,mj business daily,,,,high times magazine….be your own best advocate,,,,the people that wait till the last minute will make supply run short for the rest of us,,,as they only grow to an estimated need,,and you johnny come lately’s,makes it look like there’s no rel interest for the program,,,,,,,sorry to be kurt,,,but all you’ve done is wait,,while the rest of us have been working our asses off,advocating and researching,,,,,,,,arkansas is known nation wide for being lazy,,,this is just one more example,,,,,,no wonder the world thinks we’re a bunch-a counrty hicks in bib overalls/barefoot with a peice of srtaw hangin’ out our mouth….(jimmy dean sausage character),,,,,,,,,,,,be your own best advocate,,,,please,,,and if youcan’t help it,,i’m sorry,,then this aint for you ,but all the others this describes…..if we’d pushed harder,,it would already be hear,,,,,think of the lives suffering and lost,,,,,,,god helps those who help themselves…….sorry your sick


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