Patients in Arkansas have bought more than 10,000 pounds of medical marijuana since the new law took effect nearly a year ago.
Newly reported figures released this week found that medical cannabis sales eclipsed $63 million in the program’s first 11 months in operation. That also amounts to about 10,050 pounds worth of medicinal pot.
The figures were provided by the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, and were reported on by local television station KATV.
As with other medical and recreational marijuana markets, Arkansas has seen a sales spike amid the coronavirus pandemic. March 20 represented the largest single day of medical marijuana sales in the state, according to KATV. And like other parts of the country, Arkansas dispensaries have begun delivering cannabis products to accommodate patients adhering to social distancing guidelines.
MMJ’s Journey In AR
Arkansas voters approved a measure legalizing medical marijuana in 2016, but the program’s rollout was beset by a number of delays. State officials announced last year that it had finally awarded 32 licenses for dispensaries. Those dispensaries were required to pay a $15,000 licensing fee, as well as a $100,000 performance bond.
Medical marijuana sales began last May, but according to the Arkansas