A recent surge in sales brought Arkansas’ nearly-year-old medical marijuana industry over the $50 million threshold.
The milestone comes after what local television station KATV described Monday as a “significant increase in sales last week.” Since the state’s first medical cannabis dispensary opened its doors last year, patients have spent $50.7 million on 7,932 pounds worth of medical marijuana, according to the outlet.
There are currently 20 dispensaries open for business in the state, the outlet said, with another 13 that have received licenses but have not opened. It may be some time before any more licenses are doled out, too. Late last month, an Arkansas judge barred the state’s medical marijuana commission from issuing any more licenses as part of a temporary restraining order stemming from a lawsuit against the commission.
Medicanna, a company based in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, sued the medical marijuana commission, saying it was passed over for a dispensary license that was instead issued to a different company in Pine Bluff that actually received a lower application score.
MMJ In The State of AR
Arkansas voters approved a measure legalizing medical marijuana in 2016, but the program’s rollout was beset by a number of delays. State