US (AR): Dispensaries looking to become cultivators

Most medical cannabis dispensaries in Northwest Arkansas plan to do more than sell cannabis. The dispensaries are looking to become cultivators by adding sites where they'll grow cannabis.

Scott Hardin, spokesman for the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, said dispensaries are allowed to grow their own cannabis, but generally chose to start with only the dispensary portion so they could open as soon as possible.

Dispensary applicants indicated whether they planned to also become cultivation sites when they applied for their dispensary licenses, he said. The department must inspect and approve dispensary cultivation sites unless the sites were included in the approval process for the dispensary's original building.

Acanza in Fayetteville, The ReLeaf Center in Bentonville and The Source in Bentonville plan to grow the maximum amount of cannabis, which is 50 mature plants, allowed by the state, representatives for the businesses said. The businesses currently buy cannabis from three cultivation sites in the state. Dispensaries in Arkansas may only buy cannabis from cultivation sites in Arkansas, according to state law.


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