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Arkansas Medical Cannabis Patients Spend $33M Over Six Weeks

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Over six weeks, Arkansas spent $33 million on medical cannabis, according to the Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) data outlined by KTLO. The state’s first dispensary opened in mid-2019 and total sales through Labor Day are expected to cross the $400 million mark.

From mid-July through August, Arkansans spent $33 million to purchase 5,038 pounds of cannabis at dispensaries in the statean increase of $6.5 million in sales compared to figures from mid-July, when Arkansas patients spent $26.5 million on 3,924 pounds of medical cannabis.

There are currently 36 dispensaries operating throughout Arkansas, with two more working toward opening, the report says.

The Releaf Center in Bentonville was the first dispensary in the state to reach 6,000 pounds of medical cannabis sales, reporting 6,256 pounds of medical cannabis sales since opening in August 2019. In all, 17 of the state’s dispensaries have sold at least 1,000 pounds of cannabis.

In July, cannabis advocates in the state began gathering signatures to put an adult-use legalization question to voters during next year’s midterm election. The proposal would allow cannabis use and possession by adults 21-and-older, allow sales through licensed retailers, allow for expungement of all cannabis crimes that would be legal under the amendment, and permits adults to cultivate up to 12 plants in their homes.

In a July interview with 40/29 News, Jesse Raphael, a representative for Arkansas True Grass, noted that “while Arkansas does have a great medical marijuana program, it does have shortcomings.”

“It doesn’t allow for the patients to grow and the medicine itself is very expensive,” she said at the time.

The campaign faces a deadline of July 2022 to get the issue on next year’s ballots.

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Arkansas Advocates Campaign for Legalization Question on 2022 Ballots

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Advocates in Arkansas are gathering signatures to put an adult-use legalization question to voters during the 2022 midterm elections, 40/29 News reports. The campaign by Arkansas True Grass is seeking to codify the reforms in the state constitution.

The proposal would allow cannabis use and possession by adults 21-and-older, allow sales through licensed retailers, allow for expungement of all cannabis crimes that would be legal under the amendment, and adults would be allowed to cultivate up to 12 plants in their homes.

The industry would be regulated by the state Agriculture Department.

“While Arkansas does have a great medical marijuana program, it does have shortcomings. It doesn’t allow for the patients to grow and the medicine itself is very expensive.” Jesse Rapheal, a representative for Arkansas True Grass, via 40/29 News

The deadline to get the initiative on next year’s ballots is July 2022.

Medical cannabis sales in the state commenced in mid-2019 and surpassed $300 million last Mayan average of $885,000 per day. In Arkansas, there are 32 dispensaries serving the state’s 76,553 active medical cannabis patients. The number of patients represents a 9,915 patient increase from April. Ultimately, the state will allow 33 dispensaries total.

A separate groupArkansas for Cannabis Reformhad attempted to put the issue to voters during last year’s election; however, Melissa Fults, the organization’s executive director, told Cannabis Wire that the coronavirus pandemic “killed” the campaign’s ability to collect signatures.

 

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