FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration says the state’s 37 medical marijuana dispensaries sold more than 40,000 pounds of the plant in 2021.

The Natural State surpassed $500 million spent on medical marijuana since the first dispensary opened in May 2019.

The state collected around $34 million in taxes on dispensary sales in 2021 and patients spent about $260 million dollars on marijuana.

The Releaf Center in Bentonville was a big part of those sales, leading the state with more than 4,000 pounds sold.

The Arkansas Department of Health reports that 79,000 Arkansans have active medical marijuana patient cards.