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First Northeast Arkansas Cannabis Outlet Opens

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Northeast Arkansas will get its first medical marijuana dispensary when NEA Full Spectrum opens at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Brookland, about five miles northeast of Jonesboro.

The state Alcoholic Beverage Control enforcement division, which oversees compliance in the state medical cannabis program approved by Arkansas voters in 2016, approved Full Spectrum’s opening after a final inspection last week.

The dispensary will be the 12th opened since May statewide, though 20 licensed locations have still yet to open, frustrating state officials seeking more competitive pricing, as well as the state’s growing ranks of patients certified for cannabis use.

That number topped 30,000 across the state at the end of November. Over the past six months, Arkansas’ medical marijuana patients have spent a total of $23.3 million to obtain 3,433 pounds of medical marijuana.

The state has also cleared Bloom Medicinals to open in Texarkana after an inspection last week, but no grand opening has been finalized, according to Scott Hardin of the state Department of Finance & Administration, parent agency of the ABC division.

Final inspections are scheduled this week for Fort Cannabis, a dispensary in Fort Smith, and 420 Dispensary in Russellville.

NEA Full Spectrum, at 12001 Highway 49 N in Brookland, received state approval for opening via a letter from ABC Director Doralee Chandler on Friday.

“We look forward to opening our doors tomorrow as we begin serving and building relationships with patients,” NEA Full Spectrum Chairman Scot Sale said in a statement. “We are a company with strong roots in the area as our ownership group is from northeast Arkansas and we are also proud to have local citizens joining our team.”

Sale is an 11.25% owner of the dispensary; Teresa Gail Sale also has 11.25%, according to state records. June Williams/Williams & Son Nursery is the majority owner at 22.5%. Anthony P. Horner, Vicki Laree Benjamin, Jim Todd Watson and Elizabeth Ann Watson each have 11.25 percent. Joshua Ryan Egle owns 10%.

“We will have a full spectrum of products currently offered by Arkansas cultivators,” General Manager Lance Huey, reflecting on the business’ name. “As we join this growing sector, we do so with a commitment to learning every day what we can do to provide an unmatched experience and product to our patients.”   

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