Budding beat

Budding beat



The Arkansas Times debuts this week Cannabiz, a new column devoted to the ins and outs of the burgeoning medical marijuana industry in Arkansas. Tips? Write arktimes@arktimes.com.

The map above, from the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission, shows the locations of cultivation facility and dispensary applications received by the commission broken down by zone. The zones were drawn according to population, though they may not correlate with the need for medical marijuana. In Zone 1, the highest number of both cultivation (7) and dispensary (17) applications were in Washington County. There were no cultivation applications from Benton County and no dispensary applications from Madison County. In Zone 2, cultivation applications came from only Izard (1), Searcy (1) and Van Buren (2) counties; all counties except Newton and Searcy had dispensary applications, with Boone, Cleburne, Stone and Van Buren having the highest number at three each. In Zone 3, Jackson County had the highest number of cultivation applications (8), and Crittenden had the highest number of dispensary applications (15). In Zone 4, Sebastian County had the highest number of both cultivation applications (3) and dispensary applications (11). Logan had none. In Zone 5, Pulaski County had both the highest number of cultivation applications (9) and dispensary applications (26); Faulkner County had the second highest dispensary applications (12). In Zone 6, Garland County had the highest number of both cultivation (3) and dispensary (22) applications; the number of dispensary applications filed were the highest among the zones. In Zone 7, Jefferson County had both the highest cultivation (13) and dispensary (8) applications; its cultivation applications were the highest among the zones. In Zone 8, Miller County had both the highest cultivation applications (3) and the highest dispensary applications (6); the zone had the lowest total of dispensary applications (16 total) among the zones. Total figures were 95 applications for cultivation and 228 for dispensary. At its October meeting, the commission found 27 applications for cultivation unverifiable for lack of information and 58 applications for dispensaries unverifiable for the same reason. Lawsuits on behalf of the unverified applicants for both cultivation and dispensaries against the commission were filed under aliases Oct. 26 by Alex T. Gray of the Steel, Wright, Gray & Hutchinson law firm, calling the denials of the licenses “arbitrary and capricious.” The commission plans to award five licenses for cultivation to 32 licenses for dispensaries.


Originally published on ArkTimes.com.