The Owners Behind Arkansas’ Medical Marijuana Processing Companies | Arkansas Business NewsPosted by On

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The owners of the state’s five licensed medical marijuana processing companies have varied backgrounds, to say the least. One is a spine surgeon, another a former property manager and uniform salesman, and a third an ex-legal counsel to Playboy’s Hugh Hefner.

Ownership details were included in 2022 applications for license renewal with the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission.

One of the owners of Shake Extractions of Fayetteville, Julie Brents, has considerable cannabis retail and cultivation experience in California but also a degree in commercial interior design from the University of North Texas. She owns 39% of the company, according to Shake’s license renewal application with the state. Partner Brittany Phillips runs Phillips Design Studio in Fayetteville, a graphic design shop that has done work for Crisis Brewing, the Boston Mountain Solid Waste District and the city of Fayetteville. She and Antigone “Tig” Davoulas each own 30% of Shake Extractions. Davoulas is a lawyer and writer, onetime movie critic and former counsel and manager of licensing business affairs at Playboy Enterprises Inc. of Beverly Hills. Lab manager Syrona Scott, who owns 1% of Shake Extractions, has a master’s degree in chemistry.

Pure Pharma Labs of Little Rock is led by Christopher Gibson, a CBD processor who expanded into marijuana, taking advantage of a degree in horticulture….

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