No applicants for marijuana businesses in Arkansas
The application process to be one of five medical marijuana cultivation centers and 52 dispensaries opend July 1st, but more than a month later, no one has applied.
“This application process is detailed. It’s asking for a lot of information,” said Department of Finance and Administration Spokesperson Scott Hardin.
However, the dificulty is not causing the delay according to Melissa Fults. She travels the state giving seminars to help would-be businesses navigate the paperwork.
“I’m like ‘What’s the deal? All I’ve heard from y’all is that you can’t wait to apply for it,’ and they went ‘Nobody wants to be the first’,” said Fults.
Some worry submitting an application early could allow others insight into a winning business plan. Others worry about bias against the first applicant. However, Fults says there is no shortage of interest at her seminars, and she expects a flood of applications to be submitted the week before the