Medical marijuana dispensaries coming to West Memphis

(WMC Action News 5)
Updated: Feb. 5, 2019 at 10:03 PM CST
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WEST MEMPHIS, AR (WMC) - The state of Arkansas gave approval Tuesday to five marijuana cultivation facilities that will sell marijuana for medical purposes to three businesses in West Memphis.

Jan Howard rents space in the buildings that may house one of the incoming medical marijuana dispensaries. He's not sure if he will have to move out.

“This property is going to them and I don't know if they're going to need the building we're in anyway,” Howard said. “They're supposed to be down on the 7th."

West Memphis Mayor Marco McLendon sees it as something positive for his city.

"Whether you agree with it or not, the state and the people of the state and county voted for it and I'm going to follow the law as well as we we're going to do some great things with the revenue it generates,” Mayor McClendon said.

Mayor McClendon said Crittenden County voted overwhelmingly in favor of medical marijuana.

He said the medical marijuana dispensaries will be treated just like any other business that comes to West Memphis.

The three locations in West Memphis are close to each other: one off Broadway, another on the east side of I-55, and one on the north side of I-40.

More than 7,000 Arkansans already have medical marijuana cards.

One of the growing facilities closest to West Memphis hopes to be able to start selling its marijuana by April.

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