Medical Marijuana Commission narrowly votes down additional dispensary license, eyes amendment to reciprocity lawPosted by On

The state Medical Marijuana Commission considered licensing a fifth dispensary in Zone 6 at its meeting Tuesday but decided against it in a 3-2 vote. 

Zone 6, which is made up of eight counties between Pulaski County and the Oklahoma border, has four dispensaries. The commission, which meets online due to the coronavirus pandemic, briefly discussed adding a new dispensary because customer demand has been high. Green Remedies of Hot Springs would have received the new license. 

Operating in Zone 6 are Green Springs Medical and Suite 443 in Hot Springs, Hensley Wellness Center in Hensley and Custom Cannabis in Alexander.

Suite 443 and Green Springs were the first two dispensaries to open in the state; Green Springs has sold more than 3,000 pounds of medical marijuana, more than any other dispensary in the state. 

Before the vote, the commissioners compared sales, number of patients and number of dispensaries in zones across the state. “Sounds like there is much more need in Zone…

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