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Medical marijuana company eyes Bryant as new home

Medical marijuana company eyes Bryant as new home

The deadline to submit applications for medical cannabis facilities is Monday. So far, only one business has applied to be a dispensary in the city of Bryant.

So far, the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration has received 46 total applications, 34 for dispensaries and 12 for cultivation. However, Natural State of Kind is the only business to apply for a dispensary license in the city of Bryant.

“For the city’s side of this, we take the application and then we walk them through the process of doing it,” said Truett Smith, assistant planning director for the city of Bryant.

Natural State of Kind CEO Jason Martin told KATV in a phone interview he and his Arkansas-based partners have been in the industry since 2012, after the Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act failed. In 2015, the group started their first company, operating in six states - including Colorado and Nevada.

Now, Natural State of Kind has their eye on a six-acre property off of I-30 in Bryant where they hope to build their flagship store. The property for the proposed dispensary is near several subdivisions and a mobile home park.

Smith says on Thursday, Natural State of Kind's application will go before the city's development and review committee. Then on October 9th, the Bryant community will have the opportunity to voice their opinion about the business being built off of the I-30 location.

“They go to our DRC [development and review committee] for review and then they go to our planning committee for review. Then, they ultimately go to our planning commission and they have a public hearing where everyone is invited to come and speak their interest on the project. At that point, it’s approved or denied,” said Smith,

According to Martin, if approved, Natural State of Kind plans to complete construction by mid-2018 and employ between 14 to 24 people.

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