Arkansas' 5th medical-marijuana dispensary set to open doors – Arkansas Online


Arkansas’ fifth medical-marijuana dispensary will open to the public Wednesday, an official from the Hensley retailer said Monday.

The state Alcoholic Beverage Control agency cleared Native Green Wellness Center, 26225 U.S. 167 in Hensley, on Monday, announcing that the dispensary had passed its final inspection.

CEO Kattie Hansen said the retailer spent Monday stocking its inventory with edibles and dry cannabis flower. Native Green Wellness will begin seeing qualified patients at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

“We’re so very excited,” Hansen said in an interview.

Arkansas’ first medical cannabis dispensary opened March 10 — nearly 2½ years after Arkansas voted to legalize medical marijuana — and others have been slow to open, irking patients in far-flung areas of the state. As of Friday, the state Health Department had issued 15,484 patient or caregiver ID cards.

Native Green Wellness is the first dispensary to open in Pulaski County, the state’s largest county. Hansen said that based on conversations with cultivation officials, she expects the dispensary to sell about 40 pounds of medical cannabis each week. The facility is about 15 minutes from downtown Little Rock.

[Complete Democrat-Gazette coverage of medical marijuana in Arkansas: https://www.arkansasonline.com/marijuana/]

The other dispensaries are:

Doctor’s Orders in Hot Springs.

Green Springs Medical in Hot Springs.

Arkansas Natural Products in Clinton.

Greenlight Dispensary in Helena-West Helena.

Scott Hardin, a spokesman for the Alcoholic Beverage Control agency, said that as of Saturday, 296.3 pounds of medical marijuana had been sold among the four open dispensaries, with sales of about $2 million.

He said Monday that only one other dispensary (Fiddler’s Green of Mountain View) has requested an inspection.

“But we’re continually hearing that others are very close,” he said.

Hardin also confirmed that a fourth cultivator expects to soon begin growing. Natural State Wellness Enterprises of Newport, he said, has indicated

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