Medical Marijuana Dispensaries could soon open in Texarkana, Arkansas

Two medical marijuana dispensaries could soon be opening in Texarkana, Ark.

There are five cultivation sites and 32 dispensaries in the state. The sites were originally planned for Prescott, but the medical marijuana commission recently changed locations to Texarkana. The move was at the request of the owners RX Med.

One of the dispensaries could be located along Interstate 30, and other is the former Electric Cowboy on Highway 67.

City officials say Texarkana was one of the first cities to prepare for the possibility of medical marijuana sales. But due to it's proximity to the state line, it was one of the last cities selected by the Medical Marijuana Commission.

The city will require the two dispensaries to pay an annual permit of $11,000 to operate.

City Manager Kenny Haskins says he's received mixed reactions about the new businesses.

"If we roll out a plan and make sure we police it in a way that is efficient and effective, I think the community and those who are detractors will eventually evolve," said Haskins.

City officials expect the new dispensaries to open in the next couple months.

Earlier this week, lawmakers placed strict guidelines on advertising for medical marijuana. The restrictions are meant to keep the drug from being advertised to children.

Arkansas voters elected to legalize medical marijuana in November 2016. So far, nearly 10,000 Arkansas residents have been approved for medical marijuana ID cards.

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