Spring River Dispensary in Hardy has been open only since Jan. 8, but already has sold 38.46 pounds of medical marijuana, with a great deal of business in the past of couple of weeks, manager Sonja Kaselaan said.
The dispensary formerly known as Arkansas Green Cross Cannabis is the newest of 32 state dispensaries, and Kaselaan said customers are likely responding well to the fact that all its merchandise is prepackaged.
“It’s really just by word of mouth and trying to have that reputation that puts us above the norm,” she said. “We’re hoping that patients see that.”
Arkansans voted in 2016 to legalize medical marijuana through an amendment to the state constitution. The state issued its first growing permits in July 2018 after several legal delays, and the first dispensary opened in May 2019. Almost two years later, Arkansans have spent $242 million on 36,656 pounds of medical cannabis, said Scott Hardin, spokesman for the Department of Finance and Administration.
The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission has issued licenses for 38 dispensaries. The amendment allowed for 40, but the commission decided in December not to issue the remaining two licenses. Hardin said the six pending dispensaries should open in the