(KARK) More than two years after Arkansas voters passed medical marijuana, the state’s growers released their timelines for when the product could become available to patients.
The Medical Marijuana Commission heard from the five cultivation facilities for the first time at its meeting Wednesday.
Bold Team, LLC in Woodruff County and Natural State Medicinals in Jefferson County reported they could have their product available by April. Osage Creek Cultivation, LLC in Carroll County and Natural State Wellness Enterprises in Jefferson County hope to be ready by summer.
The fifth cultivator, Delta Medical Cannabis Company Inc. in Jackson County, said it could also have product by July or August, but the company is currently in limbo.
Delta Medical is applying to transfer its Newport location to a mile and a half down the road across from the Arkansas Department of Correction’s Grimes Unit. President Don Parker told the commission the move would cost his company an additional $130,700.
“We are willing to pay this additional sum and close immediately in order to avoid possible further delays and get our business up and running in order to supply medical marijuana to Arkansans who need it and are qualified,” Parker said.
This comes after an unsuccessful cultivation applicant filed a protest letter against Delta Medical’s current location near Arkansas State University-Newport. The main question at hand is if ASU-Newport is considered a school.