Work starts on LR pot dispensary – Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Medical marijuana dispensary Native Green Wellness appears to be moving ahead with a plan to open a dispensary at a renovated property on Cantrell Road in Little Rock after a decision by the state commission on medical marijuana to grant the company a license in the city.

The location for the proposed new dispensary is 3720 Cantrell Road, a former tire and auto service shop next to Allsopp Park. The centrally located property is about 2 miles from popular eateries in the Heights neighborhood.

According to an application submitted to the Little Rock Department of Planning and Development, with the city’s approval, the owner plans to “make much needed interior modifications as well as facade modifications to turn the building into a usable medical marijuana dispensary.”

Records from the Pulaski County assessor’s office show that the property, previously home to Mathis Tire, changed hands in January and is now owned by Koon Properties LLC.

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Walter Koon, whom the permit application lists as the contractor on the project, is the father of Kattie Hansen, the company’s CEO. Together they own a majority stake in Native Green Wellness.

Earlier this week, Hansen responded to an email requesting comment on the building permit application for 3720 Cantrell Road and said she would answer questions on the Little Rock dispensary location, but she did not respond to follow-up questions.

The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission in late June issued four more dispensary licenses, including one to Native Green Wellness in Zone 5, which includes Pulaski County.

According to Scott Hardin, a spokesman for the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, Native Green Wellness’ latest dispensary was originally to be located at 14910 Arch St. in Little Rock, but in July the company applied

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