“This is what doing a winning application looks like,” said Acanza Industry Consultant, Michael Mayes.
After hundreds of applications, the four top-scoring companies in each area have been announced.
The Acanza Health Group scored highest in two zones.
Now the agency has to decide between Fayetteville or Pine Bluff to have the dispensary.
“At the end of the day our true mission is to provide medicine to patients and I think that both locations are excellent to do that,” said Mayes.
Acanza Industry Consultant, Michael Mayes said they have a lot of work a head of them.
“They’re both amazing areas to go into for different reasons but at this point there’s still so much analysis that has to be done. It’s not an easy decision by any means,” said Mayes.
The Arkansas Medicinal Source (AMS) Patient Center has the third highest score to locking down a dispensary and harvesting license in Bentonville.
After months of waiting Erik Danielson from the AMS Patient Center said he’s ready to see what difference they can make in the natural state.
“It’s really exciting to see what’s happening around the world with cannabis right now. They can really provide specific relief to certain things, it’s really an exciting time and glad to be able to work on it here in my home state,” said AMS Patient Center Representative, Erik Danielson
Mayes said dispensaries like The Acanza Group will help Arkansas grow.
“This project will bring tremendous tax revenue to the area as well as create jobs that are needed, so we’re really excited about educating physicians and working with patients and helping them find solutions to ailments and conditions to where they may not have that now,” said Mayes.
According to Scott Hardin with the Department of Health, letters will be sent out to the top scoring applicants in each zone by Monday, January 14.
After receiving the letter, each company has seven days to pay the $15,000 licensing fee and post the $100,000 performance bond.