First medical marijuana dispensary in area set to open in Brookland

First medical marijuana dispensary in area set to open in Brookland
NEAL Full Spectrum, the state's first NEA medical marijuana dispensary, will open its doors in Brookland this week. (Source: KAIT-TV)

BROOKLAND, Ark. (KAIT) -A new medical marijuana dispensary in Brookland will open for business this week.

According to a press release, NEA Full Spectrum will open its doors on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 10 a.m.

The dispensary will be located at 12001 Highway 49 N. in Brookland.

This is the first dispensary to open in Northeast Arkansas and the 12th overall in the state.

Enforcement agents with the state’s Department of Finance and Administration’s Alcoholic Beverage Control inspected the facility last week and the ABC director issued an approval letter Friday, Dec. 6.

“We look forward to opening our doors tomorrow as we begin serving and building relationships with patients,” said Scot Sale, chairman of NEA Full Spectrum. “We are a company with strong roots in the area. Our ownership group is from Northeast Arkansas, and we are also proud to have local citizens joining our team.”

“We will have a full spectrum of products currently offered by Arkansas cultivators,” said Lance Huey, the dispensary’s general manager. “As we join this growing sector, we do so with a commitment to learning every day what we can do to provide an unmatched experience and product to our patients.”

The DFA also released updated medical marijuana sales information. Overall, patients in Arkansas have spent $23.3 million to obtain 3,400 pounds of medical marijuana.

Alva Turner lives in Jonesboro and travels over 100 miles to purchase his medical marijuana. He is happy a dispensary is now just up the road.

“It was treacherous having to spend the extra money and extra time going two and three hours, $40-50 in the gas tank, doing extra stuff to get the medicine," Turner said.

And many like him will now be able to save time and money to get their needs.

Huey said although they will be making history as the first, they will also follow the state rules.

“We are going to be a compliant facility. When you come here, you will know that you are going to be safe and you are going to buy a safe product that is produced by the cultivators here in Arkansas,” Huey said.

The building, under 24-hour surveillance, can only be entered with an official state I.D., and a medical marijuana card. Even with the card, patients can only purchase up to 2.5 ounces every 14 days.

Learn more about NEA Full Spectrum, here.

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