US: "Medical cannabis in Arkansas at a crossroads as industry grows"

Medical cannabis in Arkansas arrived in fits and starts. There are tight restrictions built into the constitutional amendment that allowed medical cannabis in November 2016. Despite those constraints, there are more than 80,000 cardholders in the state.

"When this passed back in November of 2016, I doubt anyone could have guessed that there would be this much revenue flowing through each dispensary that, that we'd see Arkansan spending what's now going to be close to probably $600 million here in the next couple of months," said Scott Hardin, the spokesperson for the state medical cannabis commission.

The roller coaster ride to get the industry off the ground is part of why many would have doubted six years ago. 

Through courtrooms and hearing rooms Arkansas managed to hand out a handful of cultivation licenses and let more than three dozen shopkeepers sell legal cannabis products.

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