Arkansas’ First Medical Marijuana Dispensary Opens Its Doors

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It sold marijuana to a patient Friday to test its software and officially opened Saturday.Another Hot Springs dispensary, Green Springs Medical, was approved Friday and plans to open Monday morning. Department of Finance and Administration spokesman Scott Hardin said no other dispensaries are scheduled for inspection and approval, but he expects that to change over the next week.Voters approved a measure legalizing medical marijuana for certain conditions in 2016. Some had been waiting since pre-dawn and had forgone restrooms.But as 8 a.m. came and went, dispensary employees explained to the crowd that last-minute reports were wrong and the dispensary wouldn't be opening until 10 a.m. Despite the early hour and the rain, dozens turned out, from places like Jacksonville, Heber Springs, Saline County and northwest Arkansas. The product currently available is from one of the state's five licensed cultivators, the only one has harvested the plant.

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Arkansas' First Medical Marijuana Dispensary Opens Its Doors

By The Associated Press

May 11, 2019

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — Two and a half years after Arkansans voted to legalize medical marijuana, qualifying patients could begin buying the product Saturday morning when the state's first dispensary opened, though the celebratory mood was dampened by confusion about operating hours and fears the dispensary wouldn't be able to serve all the patients by closing time.

Doctor's Orders RX in Hot Springs was the first dispensary to be officially licensed by the state and is currently the only one operating. It...

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