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story.lead_photo.caption In this Nov. 30, 2018 photo, medical marijuana dispensary owner Chance Gilbert displays some of the marijuana he's grown at the Oklahoma Roots dispensary in the bedroom community of Shawnee, about 40 miles east of Oklahoma City. The roll out of statewide medical and recreational programs typically is a grindingly slow process that can take years. Not so in Oklahoma, a Bible Belt state that moved with lightning speed once voters approved medical cannabis in June, 2018. (AP Photo/Sean Murphy)

LITTLE ROCK — A second cultivation facility has been approved to begin growing medical marijuana in Arkansas.

Arkansas Department of Finance Administration spokesman Scott Hardin said Tuesday that Osage Creek Cultivation in Berryville was approved by inspectors on Monday to begin growing the drug.

Inspectors gave the go-ahead to the first cultivation facility, BOLD Team cultivation, in January.

[RELATED: Complete Democrat-Gazette coverage of medical marijuana in Arkansas]

Arkansas voters approved a medical marijuana amendment in 2016. In addition to Osage Creek and BOLD Team, the state licensed three other cultivators last year and 32 dispensaries in January.

Hardin says the first dispensary should be inspected no later than early April, meaning medical marijuana could be sold by mid-April.

Hardin also says a third cultivator, Natural State Medicinals Cultivation in White Hall, should be approved by the end of the week.


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  • mrcharles
    March 12, 2019 at 4:35 p.m.

    Oklahoma? OMG, anything is possible.

  • MaxCady
    March 12, 2019 at 4:51 p.m.

    Meanwhile, I still have to depend on Slacker Steve for my sour diesel.

  • OzarkJim
    March 12, 2019 at 7:04 p.m.

    Back in 1978 one of my college professors at the University of Arkansas predicted that some day in our life time marijuana would be legal. Wow! That day has come. Arkansas can begin to emerge from a ultra conservative society of naysayers to middle of the road conservatives. Who knows maybe Arkansans will realize global warming is real and building hog farms upstream in water sheds that provide drinking water is not a good idea.

    March 12, 2019 at 8:01 p.m.

    The state is dragging their feet,and doing anything possible to discourage the will of the people.Hell! Missouri will be up and running sooner than Arkansas.What has it been almost 3 years now?

  • 23cal
    March 12, 2019 at 8:28 p.m.

    It has been about 2.5 years since MM passed and the bumbling incompetents in our legislature have failed to implement what it took Oklahoma 6 months to implement. Worse, after dragging their feet so long, the goobers in the legislature are now trying to throw even more obstacles in the way with bills preventing advertising the locations of dispensaries and outlawing edibles.
    The Arkansas motto is Regnat Populus: The People Rule. It's way past time these arrogant nannies got their stuff together and started letting the people rule instead of throwing obstacles in the way.
    Shame on them.

  • MaxCady
    March 12, 2019 at 9:24 p.m.

    It's Hutchinson that's monkey wrenching this whole deal. After all, wasn't he head of the DEA (Drunk Every Afternoon) at one time? And, Jim, I remember back in 1978 we couldn't even get Coors beer in this bass-ackwards state!