More medical marijuana dispensaries coming to region – Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette


Northwest Arkansas can expect two more medical marijuana dispensaries to open this year, a spokesman for the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration said.

Acanza at 2733 N. McConnell Ave. in Fayetteville is projected to open in early September, said Scott Hardin, spokesman for the department.

Registry card

To qualify for a registry card to legally purchase medical marijuana, one must meet the following qualifications:

• Be 18 or older or be a minor patient with parental consent

• Be diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition

• Have the official written certification from a physician

• Be an Arkansas resident with proof of residency

State law prohibits members of the Arkansas National Guard and U.S. military from obtaining a registry ID card.

Qualifying medical conditions:

• Cancer

• Glaucoma

• Positive status for human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immune deficiency syndrome

• Hepatitis C

• Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS

• Tourette’s syndrome

• Crohn’s disease

• Ulcerative colitis

• Post-traumatic stress disorder

• Severe arthritis

• Fibromyalgia

• Alzheimer’s disease

• Cachexia or wasting syndrome

• Peripheral neuropathy

• Intractable pain, which is pain not responding to ordinary medications, treatment or surgical measures for more than six months

• Severe nausea

• Seizures, including without limitation those characteristic of epilepsy

• Severe and persistent muscle spasms, including without limitation those characteristic of multiple sclerosis

• And, any other medical condition or its treatment approved by the Department of Health

Sources: Arkansas Department of Health, Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration

“We are getting ourselves ready for inspection,” said Randi Hernandez, chief executive officer of Acanza. Alcoholic Beverage Control inspects dispensaries.

Hernandez said Wednesday the dispensary doesn’t yet have an opening date.

PurSpirit Cannabis, formerly called Northwest Arkansas Medical Cannabis Co. or Valentine Holdings, at 3390 Martin Luther King Jr.

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