Questions arise for the opening of Mid-South marijuana dispensaries after two open in Central Arkansas over the weekend

Questions arise for the opening of Mid-South marijuana dispensaries after two open in Central Arkansas over the weekend

WEST MEMPHIS, Ark.(WMC) - Medical marijuana is now for sale in Arkansas.

Two dispensaries opened their doors in Hot Springs over the weekend, leaving many wondering when a dispensary open in eastern Arkansas.

In February, 32 businesses were approved to sell medical marijuana in the state of Arkansas, including three stores in West Memphis.

Right now, Arkansas patients can only buy 2.5 ounces of marijuana every 2 weeks.

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.

When our crews dropped by the three sites on Monday there was only a building at one of the three locations that will be rented by one of the medical marijuana dispensaries.

A spokesperson for the City of West Memphis says the city's planning department has yet to receive plans from either of the three businesses.

Ahead of the opening of the state's first dispensary people lined up at 11 the night before, some driving hours to be among the first in line.

"We got here yesterday and we came up here and went ahead a filled out the papers with the owners," Bailey Arnold said.

"Finally we are getting up closer to the rest of the world. I think it's amazing and should have been done a long time ago," Dana Stanley said.

Arkansas is the 33rd state to sell medical marijuana.

Since 2014, Tennessee law has allowed hemp-based products with less than 0.3 percent ofTHC.

However, in April, state senators shot down the medical cannabis bill.

Some believe a growing number of states legalizing medical marijuana, like Arkansas, will put pressure on Tennessee lawmakers to take a closer look at allowing it in the Volunteer state.

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