Arkansas has approved five companies to cultivate medical cannabis under the state’s voter-approved measure, including one which counts former state Attorney General Dustin McDaniel among its investors, according to a WREG report. The state received a total of 95 applications.
- Natural State Medicinals Cultivation in Jefferson County
- Bold Team LLC in Woodruff County
- Natural State Wellness Enterprises in Jefferson or Jackson counties
- Osage Creek Cultivation in Carroll County
- Delta Medical Cannabis Company in Jackson County
McDaniel, who serves as an attorney and lobbyist for Natural State Wellness, said the company, which had two approved applications in the top five but can only open one site, plans on deciding which county it would operate in within the next day or two.
“We appreciate that it is a public trust that has been placed upon our company to produce quality, safe, and legal medicine to Arkansas patients. We will make a location decision shortly and will promptly begin construction.” – McDaniel to WREG
The regulators have received 227 dispensary applications and are expected to award those licenses to 32 companies later this year. According to the report, more than 4,100 Arkansans have already applied to qualify for the program and identification cards are expected to be issued one month before the dispensaries open.