Since Arkansas voted to approve the use of medical marijuana last year, local governments have tried to figure out how to regulate and control it.
Two Washington County residents have applied for their cultivation licenses, but the county has yet to determine its rules and regulations.
In a meeting held on Monday night, the Washington County Ordinance Review Committee voted to get ahead of the game and prepare for the possibility of a grow house coming to the county.
Joel Maxwell, a Justice of the Peace for District 13, was particularly interested in starting the conversation about how the county will plan and zone for marijuana cultivation. One of the two applications came from Maxwell’s district.
“We’ve already received our first application for cultivation of medical marijuana and so this is something that is a state law and is being implemented and so I think so as a county being proactive, being intentional I think always turns out better than waiting until after the process has already started,” Maxwell says.
The committee also plans to address county employment policies with regards to the use of medical marijuana.