ARKANSAS — Medical marijuana cultivation facilities and dispensaries are just a few months away from landing permanent locations in Arkansas.
More than 300 companies have applied to both grow and sell medical marijuana. Now the information on where those applicants are located has been released.
Scott Hardin is the Communications Director for the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration. Hardin said, “We released Schedule A from all of the medical applications that we’ve received.”
New information on medical marijuana applicants for both growing and selling facilities is now open to the public.
“We received 95 applications for cultivation facilities of which we’ll award 5 licenses,” Hardin said. “We received 227 total applications for dispensaries and the Medical Marijuana Commission will award 32 out of those 227.”
In Central Arkansas, Pulaski County had the most dispensary applications with a total of 26. Just South of the state’s capital, Jefferson County had the most cultivation applicants at 13.
“What that includes is the applicants, the name of the company applying, the location in which they’re going to apply, not the specific address, but just the community in which they’ll apply,” said Hardin.
The state hopes that by releasing this information it will help communities better understand where the facilities could possibly be located.
“So this is really just that baseline information that’s not been released yet at this point and so it gives communities a chance to look and see how many specific applicants they have in their area,” said Hardin.
In Northwest Arkansas, Washington County had the third largest dispensary and cultivation applicant pool.
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