Plant Family Therapeutics co-owner Clint Mickle speaks to the Mountain Home Rotary Club on Thursday. PFT will be Baxter County’s first medical marijuana dispensary when it opens in later summer. (Photo: Scott Liles/The Baxter Bulletin)
The owners of Baxter County’s first medical marijuana dispensary met with members of the Mountain Home Rotary Club on Thursday.
Clint Mickle, co-owner of Plant Family Therapeutics, was the service group’s featured speaker at their weekly meeting at Big Creek Golf & Country Club. In an almost hour-long presentation, Mickle talked about his business’ operating plans, the history of cannabis and its medicinal properties.
Mickle was joined at the lunchtime meeting by his mother, Linda McAnally, and his stepfather, Jeff McAnally, who are both co-owners in the dispensary. Michael Lunsford, the dispensary’s executive director, also joined Mickle and the McAnallys at the Rotary meeting.
“We want to get the word out about who we are, what we’re trying to accomplish and what our philosophies are,” Mickle told the group of about 30 Rotarians and guests Thursday.
Approved by Arkansas voters in the fall of 2016, Amendment 98 allows patients 21 and older suffering from a qualifying medical condition to purchase marijuana from 32 state-licensed dispensaries located around the state.
Plant Family Therapeutics hopes to improve public health by providing safe natural and affordable medical-grade cannabis to Arkansas residents, the business’ mission statement reads.
“Our vision is to operate a safe, efficient and professional health care facility … We strive to reflect the moral principles of our Christian faith through the way we conduct our business, make decisions, and most importantly how we treat our patients and employees,” PFT’s vision statement reads in part.
“That’s sort-of the core philosophy that we carry around as