Data from Arkansas’ Department of Finance and Administration show that most applications for medical marijuana distribution sites came in for Pulaski County, the state’s most populous county, while the largest number of cultivation applications list Jefferson County.
Jefferson County has 13 applications for growing sites. The state’s Medical Marijuana Commission was meeting Monday as it whittles down applications from those wanting to take part in a program established to aid people with certain medical conditions. It received 95 applications for cultivation sites and will select no more than five.
There are 227 applications for dispensaries. Each of eight regions in the state will have up to four dispensaries. There are 26 applications for dispensary sites in Pulaski County, plus 22 in Garland County and 17 in Washington County.
In what would be the largest operation in the county and perhaps the state, Natural State Agronomics Inc. CEO Ken Shollmier said he is spending $45 million to start his company to manufacture medical cannabis in Redfield.
If the license is approved, Schollmier said he plans to hire 300 people and build a new facility in addition to an existing facility on a plot of 66 acres at 100 E. Boone St. in Redfield. The existing building used to house Charles River Laboratories.
Additionally, Bill Rector, a Little Rock realtor and president of Renaissance Properties Limited, teamed with Rick Henderson, owner of a Little Rock tree trimming company called Apple Tree Service, to form a medical cannabis company called Newsouth. If granted licensure, the pair plan to open a growth operation on South University Avenue in Pine Bluff. Information about other applicants was not readily available late Monday