First medical marijuana crops planted under new Arkansas law

Marijuana has been legally planted in Arkansas (Photo: MGN)

For the first time in nearly a century, marijuana has been legally planted in Arkansas.

A marijuana cultivator in Cotton Plant, Bold Team LLC, started growing Thursday after receiving approval from the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, according to KATV content partner 40/29 News. The Fort Smith TV station reported that Bold Team LLC is the first of four cultivators in the state to complete the final approval process.

The company said in a statement that it expects to have medical marijuana available to dispensaries in April. Arkansas began the process of awarding 32 dispensary licenses Wednesday.

The first legal restrictions on marijuana in Arkansas came in 1923. Arkansas voters approved a medical marijuana program in 2016.

Medical marijuana cultivation has created about 25 jobs in Cotton Plant, a city of about 600 people roughly 80 miles northeast of Little Rock.

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