Medical marijuana dispensaries, growing center to provide economic impact, officials say

Medical marijuana dispensaries, growing center to provide economic impact, officials say
The construction of a medical marijuana growing center in North Arkansas is now underway and area officials are hopeful that the construction will bring jobs and visitors to the region. (Source: KSPR-TV)

EUREKA SPRINGS, AR (KAIT/KSPR) - The construction of a medical marijuana growing center in North Arkansas is now underway and area officials are hopeful that the construction will bring jobs and visitors to the region.

According to a report from Springfield television station KSPR, Osage Creek Cultivation of Berryville was one of the top-scoring growing centers selected by the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission earlier this year.

Matt Trulove, an official with the center, said construction will be complete by March 1, with a possible delivery date of June 1 for medical marijuana.

The commission has finished scoring all of the growing center applications while a consulting firm was working on the dispensary applications.

Scott Hardin, a spokesman for Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, said a goal was to make sure the groups did not have any ties to the state of Arkansas.

“The Public Consulting Group is really ultimately going to take 40 days to have this done,"Hardin told KSPR. "Which is much quicker than we were with cultivation.”

Hardin said the 32 top-scoring applicants will receive a license to sell medical marijuana, according to KSPR.

Eureka Springs Mayor Butch Berry said he is hopeful that his town is selected.

“I mean, we have over a million and a half people that come through our little town of 2,000 people, so I could see where two dispensaries would be good,” Berry told KSPR. “Just our local pharmacy is pretty much crowded all the time.”

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