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Pope County Judge’s Letter Backs Cherokee Casino

Pope County Judge Ben Cross is doubling down on his support for a casino planned near Russellville by Cherokee Nation Businesses of Catoosa, Oklahoma. read more >
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Lawsuit Leaves Cannabis Industry in Limbo

Cannabis firms in Arkansas await more legal action on laws struck down. read more >
Collin Riggin is founder of Evolve Auto in North Little Rock, an EV dealership that has  sold a stake to Seal Solar.
Energy / Government & Politics / Retail / Transportation

In Arkansas, EVs Climb Uphill Road

EV and hybrid vehicle registrations have surged in Arkansas during the past 16 months, but they still have a long way to go. read more >
Tourism

Mobile Sports Bets Booming in Some States as Others Shy Away

Arkansas officials expect people from neighboring states to cross into the state to bet on March Madness. read more >
Natural Relief Dispensary in Sherwood is likely to open around March 15. The company has scheduled a ribbon-cutting at the retail site for March 9.
Government & Politics / Health Care / Retail

Arkansas Cannabis Sales Hit Annual Record

Arkansas cannabis sales hit a new high in 2022, topping $276.3 million, making it the biggest year of sales since sales began in 2019. read more >
Agriculture & Poultry / Government & Politics / Health Care

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 >
Storm Nolan, owner of River Valley Relief Cultivation
Agriculture & Poultry / Government & Politics / Legal

ABC Director Revokes Fort Smith Cultivator’s Marijuana License

The decision was somewhat expected, but still was a blow to owner Storm Nolan, who invested $8 million in the business. read more >
Storm Nolan of River Valley Relief Cultivation in Fort Smith
Agriculture & Poultry / Legal

Update: Judge Denies Fort Smith Cultivator’s Request for Rehearing in License Case

Storm Nolan argues that a ruling against River Valley Relief was flawed, and says $6 million worth of medical cannabis would go to waste if he's stripped of his license. read more >
Storm Nolan, principal owner of River Valley Relief Cultivation in Fort Smith.
Agriculture & Poultry / Health Care / Legal

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 >
Oaklawn's sportsbook offers a theater-like ambiance for bettors.
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Casino Apps Prepped; Sports Betting SpikesLock Icon

Wagers for the month were more than $10.6 million, beating the previous record set in October by $1 million. read more >
A generation rig owned by SWN Drilling Services is put to work in a patch of the Fayetteville Shale field, in northern Faulkner County southwest of Damascus in 2014.
Energy / Government & Politics / Manufacturing

Natural Gas Tax Revenue Surges on Higher PricesLock Icon

The recent surge in natural gas prices has been an unexpected boon to state tax coffers, with just seven months’ worth of gross natural gas severance tax collections for this fiscal year more than doubling total revenue for the previous two fiscal years. read more >
Government & Politics / Restaurants & Food / Retail

Spirits Up, Say Tax ReceiptsLock Icon

Sales of mixed drinks, liquor and beer in Arkansas last year show, unsurprisingly, a decided uptick over those in 2020. read more >
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Restraining Order Still in Place on Marijuana LicensesLock Icon

A Pulaski County Circuit Court judge has extended a temporary restraining order that prevents the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission from issuing the state’s remaining dispensary licenses. read more >
Absolute Essence LLC submitted its dispenseary application to the state medical marijuana commission in 2017.
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Racial Bias Alleged In Dispensary Denial

A Little Rock Black-owned business that sued the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission also has a case alleging racial discrimination against the firm that scored the applications for medical marijuana dispensary licenses. read more >
Drs. Scott and Kelli Schlesinger are fighting the other owners of Natural State Medicinals Cultivation, who want them out of the business.
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Cannabis Cultivators in Fight Over Ouster From CompanyLock Icon

The majority owners of Natural State Medicinals Cultivation of White Hall voted in September to expel a married couple from the company. The problem is, the pair don’t want to go. read more >
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Medical Marijuana Cards Prized in North-Central ArkansasLock Icon

Data from the second fiscal year of medical marijuana sales in Arkansas confirms a trend spotted after 2020: Residents in north-central Arkansas are most likely to seek out the ID cards allowing them to buy the stuff. 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.
Agriculture & Poultry / Government & Politics / Health Care

Last of 40 Cannabis Dispensary Licenses Slated for Texarkana, Garland County

The two licenses are expected to be issued by March. read more >
Majority owner Storm Nolan is listed in state records as sole owner of the River Valley Relief Cultivation center, but Nolan actually co-owns it with his brother, Kane Whitt, and the new arrangement was approved by a unanimous vote of the Medical Marijuana Commission in May.
Agriculture & Poultry / Government & Politics / Health Care

Medical Cannabis, as Expected, Sets Sales Record in 2021

Nearly 80,000 Arkansans now have medicinal marijuana cards. read more >
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For the Record (Lance Turner Editor’s Note)

Who owns the medical marijuana business in Arkansas? As with most simple questions, finding the answer is more complicated than it seems. read more >
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 >