2nd Medical Marijuana Cultivation Company Gets State Clearance

by Kyle Massey  on Tuesday, Mar. 12, 2019 3:20 pm   2 min read


Osage Creek Cultivation in Berryville is now the second company growing medical marijuana in Arkansas, joining Bold Team of Cotton Plant as the second of five cannabis cultivation sites cleared by the state.

The Carroll County site passed its final inspection Monday by the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Division, the enforcement arm of Arkansas’ fledgling legal marijuana program. A third site, Natural State Medicinals Cultivation of White Hall, is working with ABC’s Enforcement Division to get the state’s blessing this week.

Five cultivation companies have been licensed by the state to grow cannabis for the state’s nearly 7,000 patients who have qualified for cannabis therapy. Across the state, 32 dispensaries have also been licensed, and some are ramping up to open, with cannabis products on the shelves, in late April.

"Osage Creek Cultivation… was approved to begin growing plants on Monday, March 11," said Scott Hardin, spokesman for the state Department of Finance & Administration, which oversees the ABC. He added that Bold Team, which will provide the market’s first cannabis, launched production in January.

"ABC Enforcement agents are working closely with Natural State Medicinals Cultivation … with final approval anticipated for this week," Hardin said in an email to Arkansas Business.

Osage Creek is owned by Mary Reba Trulove and Jay William Trulove, and Bold Team’s ownership consists of Misty and Mark Drennan, Kyndall Lercher and Danny W. Brown.

The other two licensed cultivators are Delta Medical Cannabis Co. and Natural State Wellness Enterprises, both of Newport (Jackson County). NSMC is owned by Joseph Courtright, Susan Williams, Wendy Perdue LaFrance, Kelli Schlesinger, Alonzo Dean Williams Sr., Donna Mae Mooney, Kathryne Deane Peck, Stephen Lee LaFrance Jr., Scott M. Schlesinger, Robert DeBin, Donald Keith Mooney, Clifton B. Peck and Donna Terrell.

Delta and Natural State Wellness, which are working to get ready for inspections, have more than a dozen owners each.

"In addition to cultivation facilities, Enforcement agents will also be inspecting dispensaries prior to opening, with the first inspection expected to take place by early April," Hardin said. In a note to the news media, he added that Osage Creek officials are "fully engaged in launching production and are unavailable for interviews, etc."

Arkansas voters approved a constitutional amendment to legalize medicinal marijuana in November 2016.



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