Medical marijana dispensaries expand; Bentonville dispensary tops state in sales – Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette


The medical marijuana industry continues to grow as dispensaries expand in Northwest Arkansas.

The ReLeaf Center in Bentonville has sold more medical marijuana than any other in the state and is approved to start growing the drug, according to Scott Hardin, spokesman for the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration. The agency oversees medical marijuana operations in the state.

The ReLeaf dispensary sold about 3,993 pounds of marijuana as of Tuesday since opening in August 2019, according to Hardin. The dispensary surpassed Green Springs Medical in Hot Springs for most sales. Green Springs was the first dispensary in the state when it opened in May 2019 and has since sold about 3,622 pounds of marijuana.

Matt Shansky of ReLeaf said a greenhouse is being built outside next to the dispensary, and he anticipates it being fully operational by spring. ReLeaf will continue to buy marijuana from cultivators in the state because dispensaries that grow on site are limited to 50 mature plants.

ReLeaf is one of four dispensaries in Northwest Arkansas. The Source in Bentonville, Purspirit in Fayetteville and Acanza in Fayetteville are the others.

A fifth dispensary, Natural Root Wellness, has obtained a license to operate in south Fayetteville. A representative of the dispensary didn’t respond to a request for comment.

“We haven’t received any official updates although we understand the dispensary continues to make progress,” Hardin said. “When the dispensary is ready to open for business, an inspection will be requested by ownership.”

Alcoholic Beverage Control Enforcement agents will inspect the facility to ensure all required security measures are in place, including making sure the dispensary’s sales software links to the state’s system.

Acanza recently became the first dispensary in the region to begin growing on site.

“We are cultivating and processing and expect to have our gummies

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