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story.lead_photo.caption FILE — Customers look at the menu of products available outside Doctor's Orders RX medical marijuana dispensary in Hot Springs on May 11 as they wait in line for the business to open.

The first two medical marijuana vendors in Arkansas sold over 26 pounds of the drug during the first few days of sales, the state Department of Finance and Administration said Tuesday.

Arkansas' medical marijuana program officially debuted on Friday, joining 33 other states that allow certain patients to buy weed.

The two Hot Springs dispensaries, Green Springs Medical and Doctor's Orders RX, are charging $15 per gram. That means the first few days of sales was around $176,895.

Under the law, medical marijuana cannot be manufactured in a way that would appeal to children, such as in cartoon character shapes or in "familiar" foods like candy or brownies.

Scott Hardin, a spokesman for the department, said in a news release that the two dispensaries totaled over 2,258 transactions, which is defined as a purchase of any individual strain. This means the average transaction was $78.34.

Patients and spokesmen for the companies noted that around 200 people waited in line at Doctor's Orders RX on Saturday morning, which was the first full day of sales. Lines were considerably smaller but continued on Sunday and Monday at both dispensaries.

Patients or their registered caregivers can purchase medical pot if doctors have confirmed that the patients suffer from one of 18 eligible conditions. As of Friday, the Arkansas Department of Health had issued 11,739 medical-marijuana registry ID cards.

Regulatory difficulties and court disputes hindered cultivation businesses from opening up shop. Once matured, the medical-cannabis market in Arkansas will feature 32 dispensaries across the state and five cultivation facilities. The drug used in Arkansas must be grown and treated in the state.

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  • UoABarefootPhdFICYMCA
    May 15, 2019 at 11:55 a.m.

    theres no such thing as marijuana. its not even a real word.
    be journalists for once.

  • Illinoisroy
    May 15, 2019 at 12:06 p.m.

    Are they going to give a day by day count? Not news.

  • MaxCady
    May 15, 2019 at 12:15 p.m.

    Where's the edibles and oils?? Oklahoma has 1400 dispensaries and 2700 growers. When will Arkansas join the 21st century.

  • Murphy01
    May 15, 2019 at 1:28 p.m.

    "Are they going to give a day by day count? Not news." Bingo!!!!

    Who cares?

  • seitan
    May 15, 2019 at 1:53 p.m.

    They should give number of day-to-day alcoholic purchases. And opioids.
    And, I agree with Maxcady. This entire process has been intolerably slow and amateurish...especially for a state that prides itself on agriculture.

  • ReadWood
    May 15, 2019 at 2:19 p.m.

    Are there not HIPPA laws protecting these patients who are in line? I am sure they would not like their picture plastered all over the internet and newspaper!??

  • Bullgod1984
    May 15, 2019 at 4:19 p.m.

    Fifteen a gram? My dude only charges $10

  • NoUserName
    May 15, 2019 at 8:03 p.m.

    It's HIPAA. And there is no expectation of privacy while standing out in public so no, that doesn't apply to the ADG taking pictures.

  • RTT
    May 16, 2019 at 11:38 a.m.

    Knock-knock.
    Who's there?
    Hippa.
    Hippa who?
    Can't tell you that.

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