Medical marijuana dispensary permit voted down in Russellville

Medical marijuana dispensary permit voted down in Russellville
Thursday night, the Russellville City Council talked about a medical marijuana dispensary. (Source: KARK)

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (KAIT/KARK) - The city of Russellville voted down a special permit for a medical marijuana dispensary that was proposed in the River Valley.

Little Rock television station KARK reports that Thursday night, the city council discussed whether to allow the dispensary along South Arkansas Avenue

420 RX has been approved by the state to open in that area, but it would need a special permit from city leaders.

“If this location is good enough for a pharmacy, it is good enough for our product. That’s what the constitution says and that’s what state law says,” a representative with 420 RX said.

The vote came down to a 4-4 tie, which forced the mayor to decide whether to vote for the dispensary or not vote at all, withholding the permit.

“Mind you, people would come from all over, but our job is to protect and do the best we can for the people of Russellville,” said council member Rick Harrell.

According to KARK, officials with 420 RX say that they are disappointed in the decision and do plan to open a facility in Pope County.

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