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List: Central Arkansas Marijuana Dispensary Sites ‘Locked In’

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(Update, Feb. 3, 2019: Since the original publication of this article, the state has continued officially awarding licenses in each of Arkansas’ eight zones, causing changes in which companies operate in each zone. We have published an updated list of licensed dispensaries, by zone, right here.)

Marijuana cultivation licenses have been issued to four dispensary companies in central Arkansas, locking down sales sites for Zone 5, the most populous of eight zones across the state that will get four dispensaries each under Arkansas’ new medical cannabis program.

The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Board and the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board gave the licenses for sites in Little Rock, Conway, Sherwood and Ward (Lonoke County). They are among 17 issued so far as companies pay fees and meet bond requirements.

Rock City Harvest LLC will have the Conway site, and Grassroots OpCo will operate the dispensary in Ward, just north of Jacksonville. Natural State Wellness will put its dispensary in Little Rock, and Natural Relief Dispensary will set up shop in Sherwood.

“Zone 5 is now locked in, and we know where the dispensary sites will be in central Arkansas,” said state Department of Finance & Administration spokesman Scott Hardin. “In some of the other zones, things are not set, but they’re becoming more clear.”

The four licenses in each of the other zones may not be fully decided, but likely outcomes are emerging as companies that had top-scoring proposals in several zones have declared where they’ll operate. A company can operate in only one zone.

The most jumbled area is Zone 3 in northeast Arkansas, where Valentine Holdings ranked first but chose to locate in Zone 1, and Grassroots OpCo ranked second but chose to operate in Zone 5. This will open up two license spots in the zone, but even that is complicated by the fact that the fifth-place finisher in Zone 3, Natural State Wellness Dispensary, has paid the $15,000 licensing fee and posted its $100,000 performance bond for the site in Little Rock.

So the state is sending intent-to-award letters to the companies that finished in the sixth and seventh positions: Comprehensive Care Group for its site in West Memphis, and NEA Full Spectrum for a dispensary in Rector (Clay County). (See listings below.)

The Public Consulting Group of Boston scored some 200 dispensary applications as the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission outsourced the grading work, something it had not done with the 97 applications for five cultivation sites. The state approved those companies — in Pine Bluff, Newport (two sites), Cotton Plant and Berryville — last spring. All the cultivation sites are under construction, and the Cotton Plant center, Bold Team LLC, has begun growing plants and expects cannabis products to be available to the state’s 6,700 qualified patients by April.

Here’s an updated look at dispensary licenses in Arkansas’ eight zones:

Zone 1

  • Acanza Health Group LLC has a license available. The company is owned by Randi Brazer with 39.81 percent, Jancey Hutcherson with 15 percent; Matthew Jansen with 0.19 percent; Joseph Jansen with 18.81 percent; Grady Harvell with 2 percent; Darlene Hampton with 3 percent; Janinne Riggs with 17.19 percent; and Richard Hutson with 4 percent. Matthew Jansen will be CEO, Joseph Jansen will be chief medical officer, Brazer will be COO, Kimberlin Meador will be CFO, and Emily Cohen will be chief regulatory officer. Acanza’s Zone 1 site is in Fayetteville.
  • Valentine Holdings LLC, dba Northwest Arkansas Medical Cannabis, has a license available. It is owned by Lynn Parker, 32.3 percent; Donald L. Parker II, 1 percent; T. Michelle McKee, 32.3 percent; John McKee, 1 percent; Ray Osment, 33.3 percent. The Valentine site in Zone 1 is in Fayetteville.
  • Arkansas Medicinal Source Patient Center has a license available. It is owned by Jeff Starling, 28.5 percent; David Starling, 1.5 percent; Aaron Crawley, 12.5 percent; Mitchell Massey, 12.5 percent; Mike Tullis, 25 percent; Conor Filter, 5 percent; Robert McLarty, 5 percent; and Erik Danielson, 10 percent. Tullis will be CEO and Danielson general counsel. Other officers include Nicole Hart, COO; and Ashley Russell, CFO. The AMSPC site will be in Bentonville.
  • The Releaf Center has a license available. It is owned by Roger Song, 60 percent; Kevin Frazier, 20 percent; Matt Shansky, 10 percent; and Laura Frazier, 10 percent. The Releaf Center site will be in Bentonville.

Zone 2

  • Fiddler’s Green has a license available. It is owned by Lisa Murphy, 59 percent; Thomas Asewiez, 25 percent; Kent Thomas, 11 percent; James Booth, 2.5 percent; and Amanda Woods, 2.5 percent. Murphy and Thomas are listed as managing members, Asewiez as a member, and Booth and Woods as consultants. The dispensary site will be in Stone County.
  • Big Fish of North Central Arkansas has been sent an intent-to-award letter. It is owned by Dr. Regina Thurmon, 55 percent; Joshua Landers, 25 percent; Marshall Wright, 19 percent, and Eddie Garcia, 1 percent. The site will be in Heber Springs.
  • Plant Family Therapeutics has a license available. It is owned by James Compton, 40 percent; Clint Mickle, 30 percent, Keith Schluterman, 5 percent; Adam Schluterman, 5 percent; Jeff McAnally, 5 percent; and Linda McAnally, 15 percent. Mickle will be CEO and Compton CFO of the dispensary, which will be in Mountain Home.
  • Arkansas Natural Products has a license available. It is owned by Louis Wig, 51 percent; Ezechiel Nehus, 24.5 percent; and Stephen Shrum, 24.5 percent. The dispensary will be in Clinton.

Zone 3

  • THC Rx Inc. has a license available. The company is owned by Todd Sears, 100 percent. His dispensary site is in West Memphis.
  • Delta Cannabis Co. has been sent an intent-to-award letter. It is owned by Doug Falls, 32.5 percent; Amy Fulkerson, 32.5 percent; Larry Johnson, 15 percent; Criss Lacewell, 10 percent; and Penelope Stanley, 10 percent. Their site is in West Memphis.
  • Comprehensive Care Group has been sent an intent-to-award letter. It is owned by Dr. Garry Glasco, 50 percent; Donald Jay Marshall, 40 percent; and Valecia Ootsey-Walker, 10 percent. Their site is in West Memphis.
  • NEA Full Spectrum has been sent an intent-to-award letter. The company is owned by Gerald Scot Sale, president, 11.25 percent; Anthony P. Horner, secretary/treasurer, 11.25 percent; June Williams/Williams & Son Nursery, 22.5 percent; Teresa Gail Sale, 11.25 percent; Vicki Laree Benjamin, 11.25 percent; Jim Todd Watson, 11.25 percent; Elizabeth Ann Watson, 11.25 percent; and Joshua Ryan Egle, 10 percent. Their dispensary site is in Rector.  

Zone 4

  • JPS Management LLC, dba as Fort Cannabis Co., has been sent an intent-to-award letter. It is owned by Sheri L. Neely, 51 percent; and Jeffrey Paul Scholtes, 49 percent. Both are listed as owner/members and as board members of JPS Management. The dispensary site will be in Fort Smith.
  • River Valley Dispensary has received an intent-to-award letter. It is owned by Jennifer Paige Fisher, 51 percent; Richard Scott Pace, 40 percent; Rick Angel, 4 percent; Ron Smith, 4 percent; and Bryan Fisher, 1 percent. The dispensary will be in Yell County.
  • Johnson County Dispensary has been sent an intent-to-award letter. It is owned by Lee Hatcher, 60 percent; Billy Tranum, 25 percent; and Ben Butler, 15 percent. The dispensary site is in unincorporated Johnson County.
  • 420RX has been sent an intent-to-award letter. The company is owned by Adam Harrison, 100 percent. His dispensary site is in Russellville.

Zone 5

  • Rock City Harvest LLC has a license available. It is owned by Elizabeth Barnett, 41 percent; Rebecca Nickerson, 20 percent; Mizan Rahman, 34 percent; and John Arthur Hunt, 5 percent. The dispensary will be in Conway.
  • Grassroots OpCo has a license available. It is owned by Lindsey Lovett Estes, 70.2 percent; Lesley Claire Darnal, 20.1 percent; Dr. Horace Greer, 0.05 percent; Steven Weisman, 4.075 percent; PCCW Investment LLC, owned by Mitchell Kahn and Matthew Darin, 4.075 percent; and GB Portfolio Investments LLC, owned by Marc Gordon and David Brown, 1.5 percent. Weisman is listed as CEO, Kahn as COO and Darin as CFO. The dispensary site is in Ward.
  • Natural State Wellness Dispensary has a license available. It is owned by Henry Wilkins V, 51 percent; Leo Hauser, 6 percent; Marvin Parks, 6 percent; David Dunn, 6 percent (Dunn died in October 2017); Melissa Moody, 6 percent; Dustin McDaniel, 6 percent; Bart Calhoun, 6 percent; Amy Haun Hall, 6 percent; Ladd Scribner, 6 percent; Warren Ross, 0.49 percent; and Steve White, 0.51 percent. The dispensary will be in Little Rock.
  • Natural Relief Dispensary has a license available. It is owned by Michael Faught, 65 percent; and Scott Snyder, 35 percent. Faught would be CEO and Snyder COO of the dispensary, which will be in Sherwood.

Zone 6

  • Doctors Orders RX has a license available. It is owned by Donald Sears, 100 percent. The dispensary site is in Hot Springs.
  • Green Springs Medical has a license available. It is owned by Dragan Vicentic, 60 percent; and Bruce Simpson, 40 percent. Vicentic is CEO and board chairman, Simpson is security manager and vice chairman, Keith Stafford is COO and Larry Stidman is CFO. The dispensary site is in Hot Springs.
  • Native Green Wellness Center has been sent an intent-to award letter. It is owned by Kattie Hansen, 48 percent; Walter Koon, 45 percent; Leslie Duncan, 5 percent; and Chris Olsen, 2 percent. The dispensary site is in Hensley (Saline County).
  • Natural State Medical Group LLC has been sent an intent-to-award letter. It is owned by James Adametz, 15 percent; Zada Adametz, 15 percent; Mary C. Caroom, 30 percent; Julia Hart, 5 percent; Mel Collozo, 3 percent; Susan Melton, 2 percent; and Tammy Ives, 30 percent. James Adametz, Ives is vice president, and Caroom is secretary of the dispensary, sited in unincorporated Garland County.

Zone 7

  • PainFree RX has a license available. It is owned by Mary F. Sears. The dispensary site is in Pine Bluff.
  • Delta Cultivators has a license available. The company is owned by John Mueller, 26.32 percent; Bart Christine, 19.65 percent; Ed Pat and Elizabeth Wright, 13.07 percent; Barry Lawrence, 13.07 percent; Gordon Cunningham, 7.63 percent; Lance Gray, 6.58 percent; Phillip Allen, 7.61 percent; Arnell Willis Sr., 3.29 percent; and Arnell Willis Jr., 3.28 percent. The site is in Helena.
  • Pine Bluff Agriceuticals has been sent an intent-to-award letter. It is owned by Teresa Ann Wilkins, 51 percent; Michael Eugene Wilkins, 49 percent. The dispensary site is in Pine Bluff.
  • Arkansas Patient Services Co. has been sent an intent-to-award letter. The company is owned by Adrian Ray, 51 percent; and Justin B. Pickens, 49 percent. The dispensary will be in Warren (Bradley County).

Zone 8

  • Noah’s Ark LLC has a license available. It is owned by Katie Crimmins, 82 percent; and Marla Dorf, 18 percent. The site is in El Dorado.
  • Bloom Medicinals of AR LLC has been sent an intent-to-award letter. The company is owned by Sharon Vire, 60 percent; Steven Sandler, 20 percent; Nicole Van Rensburg, 10 percent; and William Hollander, 10 percent. Van Rensburg is CEO, Hollander is COO, Sandler is chief strategy officer and Vire is chief compliance officer. The dispensary site is in Texarkana.
  • RX MED has been sent an intent-to-award letter. The company is owned by Carol Moore, 35 percent; Jeff Hunter, 19 percent; Jan Hunter 19 percent; Nicholas Covington, 15 percent; Demaris Hart, 5 percent; George Mills, 5 percent; and Anders Peterson, 2 percent. The dispensary site is in Prescott.
  • Arkadelphia Dispensary LLC has been sent an intent-to-award letter. It is owned by DeWayne Goldman, 51 percent; Percy Malone, 24.5 percent; and Mark McGrew, 24.5 percent. The dispensary site is in Arkadelphia.
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