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Garland County medical marijuana sales top 100 pounds in May

June 3, 2019

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — More than 100 pounds (45 kilograms) of medical marijuana have been sold in Arkansas since two dispensaries opened last month.

The majority of those sales were made by Green Springs Medical in Hot Springs, which sold 27.7 pounds (12.6 kilograms) from noon on May 24 through noon Friday, The Sentinel-Record reported. The dispensary has sold 70.09 pounds (31.8 kilograms) since it opened May 13.

Doctor’s Orders RX, also in Hot Springs, has sold 37.74 pounds (17.12 kilograms) since it opened May 11.

The two Hot Springs locations said they charge $15 per gram. Since the state has no oversight on pricing, the market sets its own prices. Health insurance plans such as Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield said it doesn’t cover the cost of medical marijuana under its prescription drug plan because it is illegal under federal law.

The two dispensaries are the only ones in operation of the state’s 32 licenses issued.

But they are likely to face competition soon.

The Department of Finance and Administration said Arkansas Natural Products in Clinton is scheduled to be inspected Thursday. In Helena-West Helena, Greenlight Dispensary also notified the department of its plans to open, but hasn’t scheduled an inspection date.

The state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Division must inspect every dispensary before giving final approval to open.

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This story has been corrected to show Green Springs Medical opened May 13, not May 10.

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Information from: The Sentinel-Record, http://www.hotsr.com

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