Arkansas licenses first medical marijuana dispensary

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP/Fox16) — Officials have formally signed off on Arkansas’ first medical marijuana dispensary, about one week before cultivators expect to have product ready for sale.

Department of Finance and Administration spokesman Scott Hardin said Friday that Hot Springs dispensary Doctor’s Orders RX has been officially awarded the state’s approval.

The dispensary had been inspected by Alcoholic Beverage Control, which regulates medical marijuana, and the fire marshal.

Hardin says Green Springs Medical, another Hot Springs dispensary, is scheduled for inspection May 9.

He says if they meet the qualifications they could receive approval before May 12, when cultivator BOLD Team expects to have their first harvest ready for sale. Two other cultivators expect to harvest by the summer.

Voters approved a medical marijuana amendment to the state’s constitution in November 2016.

Fox16 Note:

Don Sears, the owner of Doctor’s Order RX, released the following statement:

“I am pleased that Doctors Orders RX received official approval to open Arkansas’s first licensed medical cannabis dispensary. We will announce our opening date in the coming days, and we fully expect the initial demand for our products to exceed availability. Until cultivation capacity can keep up with demand, we will operate on a first-come, first-serve basis with the limited products currently available. We look forward to finally being able to provide relief to ailing Arkansans across our state.”

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