Medical marijuana is growing and dispensaries are ready to construct. This means we are just a few months away from marijuana being available to patients.
Already 20 of the 32 dispensaries have paid the $15,000 fee and posted a $100,000 performance bond, allowing them to start construction. The Medical Marijuana Commission is getting ready to send out several more letters of intent to award licenses to sell marijuana.
In Central Arkansas, dispensaries are set to go in Little Rock, Sherwood, Conway, Russellville, Ward, Hensley, two in Pine Bluff, and three in Hot Springs.
Several companies had top scores in multiple zones. They had to choose one, which opened up spots for other dispensaries. Those which have recently moved to the top four in a zone, should expect a letter of intent for a license from the alcoholic beverage control board this week. Then, they'll have seven days to pay.
Bold Team Cultivation in Cotton Plant is the first of the five cultivation facilities to begin growing marijuana. Now, a second facility is ready for inspection. Once approved, Osage Creek in Berryville will plant seeds in the ground.
Approved patients should receive their marijuana patient I.D. cards in mid-February. The drug is expected to be available by April.
Here are the top scoring dispensaries. Several still must pay their fees, and some have yet to receive their letters of intent.
Acanza Health Group (Fayetteville) 309
Valentine Holdings (Fayetteville) 121
Arkansas Medicinal Source Patient Center (Bentonville) 278
The Releaf Center (Bentonville) 189
Fiddler’s Green (Mountain View) 40
Plant Family Therapeutics (Mountain Home) 155
Arkansas Natural Products (Clinton) 192
Bond and Licensing Fee Due: Big Fish of Central Arkansas (Heber Springs) 46
THC RX, Inc. (West Memphis) 35
Delta Cannabis Co. (West Memphis) 206
Comprehensive Care Group (West Memphis)
NEA Full Spectrum (Rector)
JPS Management LLC doing business as Fort Cannabis Co (Fort Smith) 117
River Valley Dispensary (Bluffton) 158
Johnson County Dispensary (Clarksville)
Harvest (Conway) 267
Grassroots OPCO (Ward) 145
Natural State Wellness Dispensary (Little Rock) 126
Natural Relief Dispensary (Sherwood) 249
Doctor’s Orders RX (Hot Springs) 31
Green Springs Medical (Hot Springs) 21
Native Green Wellness Center (Hensley) 281
Natural State Medical Group (Hot Springs) 154
Pain Free RX (Pine Bluff) 32
Delta Cultivators (Helena) 19
Pine Bluff Agriceuticals (Pine Bluff)
Arkansas Patient Services Company (Warren)
Noah’s Ark (El Dorado) 245
Bloom Medicinals of AR (Texarkana) 97
RX MED (Prescott) 161