First cultivator begins growing medical marijuana in Arkansas

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An Arkansas cultivation company has planted the first crop of medical cannabis and growing is underway, a sign that the market’s long-delayed launch may be approaching.

According to Arkansas TV stations KHBS and KHOG, planting began Jan. 10 at the Bold Team cultivation center in Cotton Plant, 75 miles northeast of Little Rock.

The medical marijuana company hopes to have MMJ ready for sale to patients by April.

State voters approved a ballot measuring legalizing MMJ in 2016. Lawsuits and other factors have delayed the start of the program.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Bold Team is the first of five licensed cultivation companies to be approved to grow by state regulators. Regulators are working to give final approval to the remaining four.
  • Regulators also are in the process of finalizing approval for 32 licensed dispensaries throughout the state.
  • State authorities had said they would wait until 30 days before product was available to issue medical marijuana identification cards to patients. But they bumped up that timeline and plan to grant cards in the coming weeks.