Sherwood preparing for medical marijuana's impact on community

Sherwood preparing for start of medical marijuana

SHERWOOD, Ark. (KTHV) -- As we wait to find how where medical marijuana dispensaries and cultivation facilities will go, the city of Sherwood is preparing, and so is business owner of Terrific T's, Susan Marshall.

Marshall said her friends and family are ready for the growth.

“The people I've talked to are really happy about it and they're excited about getting one to come in,” she said.

Some businesses in Sherwood are wondering how a dispensary right next to their building might affect them, but Marshall said she'd be happy with one right next door.

“Bring it on, I'd be happy, and I'd love to see them,” she said.

With her Lupus battle, she felt it'll be convenient for her and help her business.

There are eight zones in the state of Arkansas and Pulaski County sits in Zone 5. There are nine people in Pulaski County that have applied for a dispensary license and 26 people that have applied for a cultivation license. There can be four dispensaries in each zone and there will only be five cultivation centers which will be dispersed throughout the state.

“I think we'd get a lot more foot traffic and I don’t see any problem with one being close to us or nearby,’ Marshall said.

Sherwood Mayor Virginia Young said this is all new territory and they need to play it safe. Mayor Young said the city is holding a meeting next week to discuss what the community and businesses can expect when it comes to medical marijuana.

“I just have a concern about the security and what's the perception going to be, how will the signage be and I just don't know how it's going to affect our quiet community, it's the unknown,” she said.

The Sherwood Police Department said they're still waiting and watching to see how to go about policing medical marijuana but as for now they'll be treating it as any other prescription drug procedure.

The Sherwood city council meeting is October 23 at 6 p.m. if you'd like to attend.

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