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New medical marijuana cultivation facility breaks ground in Jackson County

After getting the green light from the state's Medical Marijuana Commission, Delta medical Cannabis Company has rolled out a new project in northeast Arkansas. (Photo: KATV)

After getting the green light from the state's Medical Marijuana Commission, Delta Medical Cannabis Company has rolled out a new project in northeast Arkansas.

Company leaders and city officials came together to break ground at one of the two new medical marijuana cultivation sites in Jackson County.

The site will soon be an indoor, 35,000-square-foot medical marijuana growing site.

"We anticipate being able to offer all strains that will effectively address the medical conditions as currently authorized by Arkansas law," president of Delta Medical Cannabis Company Don Parker said.

Parker says he found out the company was awarded a cultivation license in Jackson County nearly a year ago.

"After the winners were announced, there were a lot of legal challenges that happened," he said. "There was a restraining order that shut down progress for a period of a few months."

Newport Mayor David Stewart stands behind the project.

He says the facility will put money back into the community.

"We will have two facilities with a total of 100 new jobs in Newport. We will take that any day."

Construction could take up to six months to complete, but Mayor Stewart says it's worth the wait.

"It's just been a long issue, and we are glad it came to this today and turn some dirt and get started on the construction," he said.

Leaders with Delta Medical Cannabis say the company will open up 30 jobs, and more employees will be hired as the company grows.

Those with the company say they hope to start growing medical marijuana by September or October of this year.

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