Storm Nolan and his brother Kane Whitt have a building under contract and say it would be renovated to grow medical marijuana.
“This building in particular, which has tilt up concrete walls provides a really secure place to do indoor medical marijuana cultivation. With the size it is that gives us the opportunity to scale up if demand in Arkansas goes well,” said Nolan.
It was a $600,000 investment and could bring up to 30 jobs. It’s more than just a business deal for these brothers.
“Our mom was addicted to prescription pain killers and she was a successful attorney and we saw her go from a really good life to she ended up passing away from a rehab facility, because of her addiction,” said Nolan.
Nolan says if their mom had an alternative to opioids, like prescription pot, she might still be alive.
Securing a place to grow weed is the first step in a long process. There are many steps before being granted a license to grow, including Fort Knox type security.
If given the green light to go ahead with this facility for cultivation, Nolan says they’re going to have more security than just a lock and key.
“That includes every entrance you have to have biometric access to it that means your eye or your fingerprint to get in,” said Nolan.
The next step for the brothers is to apply for a permit to grow the pot, which they can do on July 1st. The medical marijuana commission will then notify growers in the fall if they’re approved to move forward.