32 applicants will soon have a license to sell medical marijuana in the natural state.
The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission unanimously approved the final scores out of the state’s 200 dispensary applicants.
In Northwest Arkansas the Acanza Health Group, Valentine Holdings Llc, Arkansas Medicinal Source Patient Center and The Relief Center had the four highest scores needed to secure a license.
Two in Fayetteville, two in Bentonville.
The AMS Patient Center will be off of Razorback Road in Bentonville, what is currently the Walton Boulevard Wine and Spirits Store.
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.
I spoke with the consultant of the highest scoring applicant in our zone, Acanza Health Group, who said the company is excited about the results and now focused on combating the health issues in Arkansas.
“Here in Arkansas the opioid epidemic is at an all time high. We believe we can make products that do not only combat some of the pain elements but also to transition people off of opioid,” said Acanza Industry Consultant, Michael Mayes.
Acanza was ranked highest in two zones, now they have to chose to build in Fayetteville or Pine Bluff.