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story.lead_photo.caption This March 22, 2019 file photo shows a bud on a marijuana plant at Compassionate Care Foundation's medical marijuana dispensary in Egg Harbor Township, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

LITTLE ROCK — 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.

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Archived Comments

  • Seitan
    May 3, 2019 at 1:58 p.m.

    Why is Little Rock only getting two dispensaries? And when do they open?

  • MaxCady
    May 3, 2019 at 3:42 p.m.

    WOW! And it only took 2 1/2 years!! Meanwhile, in Oklahoma in six months they were up and running with hundreds of dispensaries.

  • mrcharles
    May 3, 2019 at 4:39 p.m.

    kinda consensus from all sides that arkie land dropped the ball on handling this issue.

    thinking with my new medical problems, I may need this help from mother nature.

  • Happy1234
    May 3, 2019 at 4:56 p.m.

    There should be at least one dispensary in every county.

    Our ex DEA CHIEF now governor says pot may be abused------------he should keep a closer on his drunk son and stop worrying about my 74 yr old self who will now have to drive 3.5 hrs one way to buy some weed to help my arthritis.

    The government of this state makes me sick.

  • arkateacher54
    May 3, 2019 at 8:34 p.m.

    Too bad. Drugs and alcohol are killing this country and the voters of Arkansas have made that process easier. I don't for a minute believe anybody needs pot for medical reasons. Lets just legalize all drugs because they make people feel better. And prostitution, and murder of people you don't like, and running naked through downtown Beedeville just cause. I used to be proud of Arkansas before we legalized Sunday drinking, approved the lottery, casinoes, now this. Not so much any more.

  • GandKW
    May 3, 2019 at 8:46 p.m.

    Arkansas state government's resentment for the population they are paid to serve is evident in the delay of marijuana dispensaries. The legislature voting itself longer terms after the people clearly spoke in an earlier vote is another glaring example. Ridiculous. Ridiculous that we tolerate it...but we do...time after time.

  • MaxCady
    May 26, 2019 at 6:05 p.m.

    Arkateacher, answer me this, how many people have died from a cannabis overdose? Let me answer that, ZERO, ZIP, NADA.

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