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Top Online Stories of 2023: Eatery News, a Lyon College Setback And 27 Marijuana Laws Tossed Out

Readers were hungry for restaurant news on the Arkansas Business website this year. read more >
Health Care / Legal / Retail

Fort Smith Cultivator License Keeps License But Remains in Court

River Valley Relief Cultivation’s Storm Nolan saw his license renewed even as the state Supreme Court reviews a lower court’s order for the license to be stripped. read more >
Shannon Newton, president of the Arkansas Trucking Association, says her members want all the tools they can get to ensure the safety of drivers and the public.
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Trucking Industry Expands Drug Testing Despite Driver ShortageLock Icon

A surge in positive marijuana tests has sidelined thousands of truckers, shrinking the hiring pool for drivers. read more >
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Oklahoma Voters Reject Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

State Question 820, the result of a signature gathering drive last year, was the only item on the statewide ballot, and early results showed heavy opposition in rural areas. read more >
Breck Speed
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Breck Speed Gets Marijuana Processing License

The former CEO of Mountain Valley Spring Water was granted the sixth such license in the state. read more >
Abaca executives and employees pose for a group photo outside a branch of the North Little Rock Public Library System
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After $30M Merger, Abaca Says Mission Remains the SameLock Icon

In the weeks after Arkansas cannabis financial firm Abaca was acquired for that amount by Colorado’s SHF Holdings Inc. late last year, Abaca co-founder Dan Roda says in some ways, very little. read more >
Chad Gallagher, a consultant who oversaw messaging against marijuana legalization for the Arkansas Family Council and its allies.
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Gallagher’s Messaging Helped Voters Say No

He was the consultant who oversaw messaging against marijuana legalization for the Family Council and its allies. read more >
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Arkansas Business Year in Review: Top 10 Business Stories of 2022

Inflation takes the top spot in this year's review of business stories. read more >
Rendering for 50 West 66th Street in New York. Construction is backed in large part by an $800 million loan from Bank OZK.
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A Few of My Favorite Things (Lance Turner Editor’s Note)

Some overlooked but important Arkansas Business stories from the preceding year. read more >
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US Study: Over Half of Car Crash Victims Had Drugs in System

Although the study authors say the results can't be used to gauge drug use on the roads nationwide, they say the high number of drivers, passengers and other road users with drugs in their systems is concerning. read more >
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Too High? THC Test Results Under Fire

Arkansas has no apparent procedure to confirm THC test results, which play into the pricing of medical marijuana. That revelation comes as lawsuits question the integrity of testing companies that draw their revenue from growers. read more >
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High Court Stays Marijuana Cultivator’s License Revocation

The Arkansas Supreme Court has promised a quick review of an appeal by grower Storm Nolan in the case. read more >
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Arkansas Voters Reject Recreational Marijuana, While Maryland and Missouri Vote to Legalize

The initiative in Arkansas drew the criticism of traditional legalization opponents as well as some medical marijuana advocates. read more >
Storm Nolan, principal owner of River Valley Relief Cultivation in Fort Smith.
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State Moves to Revoke Fort Smith Cultivator’s Marijuana License

The licensing reversal favored 2600 Holdings of Little Rock, doing business as Southern Roots Cultivation, which had sued claiming it should have rightfully won the license. read more >
Dan Roda, CEO of Abaca, saw a “huge disconnect” in the banking industry when he realized that cannabis companies were having problems opening accounts. Five years later, Abaca handles banking for 90% of Arkansas’ medical marijuana industry.
Banking & Finance

Abaca Expands Services to California

Cannabis banking firm Abaca of North Little Rock announced it has expanded services to California through a partnership with Pacific Valley Bank of Salinas. The partnership offers a single point […] read more >
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Arkansas Officials OK Signatures for Marijuana Initiative

The measure to legalize recreational use of the drug is one step closer to making the ballot. read more >
San Francisco rapper Berner, co-developer of the Cookies brand, who has partnered with Good Day Farms on a medical cannabis dispensary in Little Rock
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Berner, a Big Name in Cannabis, Hits Little Rock

The San Francisco rapper has partnered with Good Day Farm to expand a dispensary in the city. read more >
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More Businesses Are Mellowing Out Over Hiring Pot Smokers

FPI Management, a property company in California, wants to hire dozens of people. Factories from New Hampshire to Michigan need workers. Hotels in Las Vegas are desperate to fill jobs. read more >
Government & Politics

Arkansas AG Again Rejects Bid For Legal Marijuana In State

Arkansas' attorney general's office has rejected language proposed for a 2018 ballot issue, saying the attempt to legalize marijuana is too ambiguous to make sense. read more >
A proposal to legalize medical marijuana has been approved for the November ballot in Arkansas.
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Medical Marijuana Measure Approved for Arkansas Ballot

Arkansas election officials say a proposal to legalize medical marijuana has been approved for the November ballot, putting the issue before the state's voters for the second time in four years. read more >