Arkansas's increased cannabis production won't solve the industry's affordability issue – Times Record

On Oct. 1, the opening of River Valley Relief Cultivation on Old Greenwood Road will give the River Valley its first medical marijuana growing facility. 

Scott Hardin, director of communications for the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, said Amendment 8, which was passed by voters in 2016 to legalize medical marijuana, limits the number of growers in the state to eight. The state has reached its limit of eight growers.

Fort Smith was approved to grow cannabis in 2020 along with Grady and Hot Springs. They join Pine Bluff, Cotton Plant, Newport, Berryville and White Hall, which were approved in 2018.  

Dispensaries in the state

Amendment 8 limits the number of dispensaries in the state to 40. The state has given 38 licenses to allow dispensaries to sell medical marijuana. The state is divided into eight zones and each zone can have up to five dispensaries.

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