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River Valley Relief Cultivation in Fort Smith offered a first glimpse inside its 25,000-SF grow facility in Fort Smith, where the company’s first medical marijuana crop was heading toward harvest.
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Cannabis Firm Ownership Tricky to TrackLock Icon

The state faces stiff headwinds providing public transparency in the medical marijuana dispensary industry, where lawsuits and charges of deception have been a constant for nearly five years. read more >
Bold Team’s Robert Lercher says medical cannabis will be harvested soon.
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State Accepts Applications to Process and Transport Cannabis

As state officials begin accepting applications for processing and transport licenses in the growing medical marijuana industry, executives on the cultivation side expressed doubt that processing will generate much business. read more >
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Marijuana Cultivator Turns Down Dispensary Over Cash PolicyLock Icon

Hot Springs dispensary owner Dragan Vicentic's penchant for paying for cannabis in cash, disdaining electronic payments, gives marijuana cultivator reason for blacklisting. read more >
Robert Lercher, who couldn’t touch the plants without gloves, mimics peeling “sucker leaves” from immature plants
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Arkansas Pot Firms Feud, Pass Around The BlameLock Icon

The state’s largest medical marijuana merchant says Arkansas cultivators have blackballed his business, and he’s planning to sue, alleging they cut off sales after he lobbied for the state to license more growers. read more >
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Arkansas Cannabis Industry Association Elects New Board Members

The Arkansas Cannabis Industry Association, which represents cultivators, dispensary operators and ancillary businesses, has elected nine new members to serve on its board of directors. read more >
Chet Patel and Roshan Patel each own 22.5% of the new Pine Bluff dispensary.
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Lawsuit Challenges State on Dispensary Licensing

A company rejected for an Arkansas medical marijuana dispensary license is suing to clear the air over the state’s process of selecting replacement retail outlets when the original licensees fail to open for business. read more >
Travis Story
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Marijuana Panel Rejects Sale of 2 Dispensary Licenses

The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission rejected the sale of two medical marijuana dispensary licenses Tuesday, signaling frustration with licensees attempting to sell without having made significant progress toward opening their outlets. read more >
The Hot Springs marijuana dispensary formerly known as Doctors Orders, shown on the left, has been renovated and given a new name, Suite 443.
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Bold Owner Brings Sedate Look to Marijuana DispensaryLock Icon

Its new name conjures visions of Al Capone, but the Hot Springs medical marijuana dispensary once known as Doctors Orders couldn’t look more reputable these days. read more >
Herbology, at 7303 Kanis Road in Little Rock, is housed in the former location of Joubert's Tavern.
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Herbology Opening on Hold; Bold Duo Buys Sears DispensariesLock Icon

Herbology, the first Little Rock medical marijuana dispensary to seek state inspection, didn’t make its Nov. 7 goal for opening, disappointing local patients still waiting to inhale. read more >
Medical marijunana vape cartridges will offer specific strains of cannabis in 500-milligram doses.
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Medical Marijuana Edibles, Vape Pens Sell BigLock Icon

Even with Bold Team of Cotton Plant producing more than 5,000 gummies a day, the demand for the $5 marijuana edibles is outweighing the supply. read more >
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Bold Team’s Dull Colors Disguise Gummies’ Sweet ReliefLock Icon

For Bold Team LLC, the state’s first medical marijuana producer and cannabis edibles manufacturer, business so far has been grape. read more >
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Dispensary Cultivation Begins as Demand Builds For Medical MarijuanaLock Icon

After two months and $2 million in sales, Arkansas’ spanking new medical marijuana industry is poised to break a supply logjam. read more >
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Update: State Cannabis Sales Hit 107 Pounds ($700K); New Grow Site, Dispensaries in Play

The state's new medical marijuana industry is rolling ahead with a second grow center and a third dispensary — the first outside Hot Springs — poised to join the lineup. read more >
Medical marijunana vape cartridges will offer specific strains of cannabis in 500-milligram doses.
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Cannabis Edibles, Concentrates and Syringes on Way, Bold Team Says

Bold Team LLC, the cultivation center that brought in Arkansas’ first legal marijuana crop, will soon have something for medical marijuana patients to chew on — or vape, or rub into their sore spots. read more >
Robert Lercher of Bold Team provides some scale to some of the 1,600 or so medical marijuana plants that were growing last week at the state's first up-and-running medical marijuana cultivation center in Cotton Plant.
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Medical Cannabis Has $100,000 Opening; Gummies and Oils on Way

Legal marijuana sales finally arrived in Arkansas in a $100,000 opening weekend at the state's first two medical cannabis dispensaries, which had together sold about 15 pounds' worth by Monday night. read more >
Robert Lercher, who couldn’t touch the plants without gloves, mimics peeling “sucker leaves” from immature plants
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Gummies Can Wait: Arkansas’ First Legal Pot Crop Is In, and It’s All Bud

Employees of Bold Team LLC of Cotton Plant, the first operating cultivator in the state's 29-month march to establishing a medical cannabis market, completed stripping hundreds of mature plants this week. The state expects the first dispensary to open in Hot Springs by mid-May. read more >
The 32 companies licensed in Arkansas to sell medical marijuana have sometimes faced challenges in finding commercial real estate zoned for a dispensary.
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Arkansas Pot Plots Proved Smokin’ HotLock Icon

Pinpointing legally permissible real estate for the state’s first medical cannabis enterprises after a 2016 legalization vote was like plunging into the haystack to find the perfect spot for a needle, those involved in the process say. read more >
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Medical Marijuana Patients Still Waiting to InhaleLock Icon

Twenty-eight months after Arkansans voted to legalize medical marijuana, the state’s 10,000 patients with cannabis cards can expect to wait a bit longer for their medicine to reach the market. read more >
Bold Team’s Robert Lercher says medical cannabis will be harvested soon.
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Feds Seize Cannabis Seeds Heading to Bold Team FacilityLock Icon

Federal authorities seized cannabis seeds in transit to the state’s first marijuana business operating legally, the cultivator Bold Team LLC of Cotton Plant. read more >
Grow Tech Eric Pruitt helps a valuable little plant get off to a good start.
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The Secret Life of Marijuana PlantsLock Icon

The town is Cotton Plant, but since Bold Team LLC opened the state’s first operating medical marijuana cultivation center, the municipality stands to reap a windfall from the cannabis plant. read more >