Pulaski Dispensaries Set Inspections; State Clears Additional Outlet in Pine Bluff

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Pulaski County’s three medical cannabis dispensaries are on the cusp of opening, pending inspections, and a state spokesman announced Friday that the Medical Marijuana Commission has also cleared the way for an additional dispensary license in Pine Bluff.

Herbology and Harvest House of Cannabis in Little Rock, as well as Natural Relief Dispensary in Sherwood have all requested final inspections, the last hurdle to opening dispensaries in the state’s largest metro region.

In an email to Arkansas Business, Scott Hardin of the Arkansas Department of Finance & Administration also said the commission’s recent decision to issue an additional dispensary license in Zone 7 (southeast Arkansas) will allow Nature’s Herbs and Wellness to develop a store in Pine Bluff.

The dispensary “has been formally licensed,” Hardin said. “The company paid the $15,000 licensing fee and posted the required $100,000 bond.”

The state, which originally granted 32 dispensary licenses in the medical marijuana system approved by Arkansas voters in 2016, now has issued 33 licenses. The medical cannabis amendment allows up to 40 retail outlets statewide. Seventeen dispensaries are now open, and since May have sold nearly 6,000 pounds of cannabis for $38.1 million.

“The three dispensaries that are not yet open in Zone 5 (two in Little Rock, one in Sherwood) have all requested final inspection,” Hardin said. “These inspections will be completed by early next week. We will announce approvals as they are issued.”

Herbology, which was outfitted with a new sign last month after its bigger original exterior sign ran afoul of state cannabis advertising regulations, is in the former Joubert’s Tavern at 7303 Kanis Road in Little Rock. Harvest House of Cannabis is about a quarter-mile away at 900 S. Rodney Parham Road, and Natural Relief Dispensary is in a newly built facility at 3107 E. Kiehl Ave. in Sherwood.

The new Pine Bluff dispensary is owned by Arkansas hoteliers Chet Patel, Laxmiben Patel, Roshan Patel and Darshan Patel, each with a 22.5% share, and Jessica Johnson with 10%. 

The state’s breakdown of total marijuana sales by dispensary:

Suite 44 in Hot Springs, 315.17 pounds; Green Springs Medical in Hot Springs, 1,343.95 pounds; Arkansas Natural Products of Clinton, 238.13 pounds; Greenlight Dispensary of Helena, 261.79 pounds; Native Green Wellness of Hensley, 601.84 pounds; Fiddler’s Green of Mountain View, 512.46 pounds; Releaf Center of Bentonville, 637.23 pounds; The Source of Bentonville, 543.62 pounds; Acanza of Fayetteville, 551.08 pounds; Harvest of Conway, 431.26 pounds; Purspirit Cannabis of Fayetteville, 141.17 pounds; NEA Full Spectrum of Brookland, 137.71 pounds; 420 Dispensary of Russellville, 48.62 pounds; Fort Cannabis of Fort Smith, 105.96 pounds; Red River Remedy of Texarkana, 13.11 pounds; Bloom Medicinals, 3.6 pounds; and Plant Family Therapeutics of Mountain Home, 17.66 pounds.