BENTONVILLE — Benton County planners got an initial look Wednesday at a proposal for a marijuana cultivation operation, but no formal action is scheduled.
Ray Hensley of Bentonville met with the county’s Development Review Committee to discuss requirements for such a business. Hensley said he’s looking at sites in both Benton and Washington counties as potential locations for cultivation facilities and dispensaries if he’s able to obtain a state permit.
Benton County’s Development Review Committee meets with developers informally to provide information about planning and development requirements before the proposals are submitted to the Planning Board. The panel includes representatives from the Planning Department, building inspection division, the fire marshal’s office, and the state Health Department.
Source: Staff report
Arkansas voters approved the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment 53 percent to 47 percent in November. The state created the Medical Marijuana Commission to set up the rules to grant licenses to dispensaries and cultivation facilities based on the merit of their applications. The commission divided the state into eight zones with from 20 to 40 dispensaries approved across the state. The state will issue four to eight cultivation licenses. The approved cultivation facilities don’t have to be spread out.
The Medical Marijuana Commission, which issues the permits for cultivators and dispensers, is one of three state agencies involved in implementing the medical marijuana program. The state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control will inspect the facilities and the Health Department will issue registry cards to patients whose doctors have recommended the drug.
Hensley said he has provided plans for a dispensary to Bentonville officials and has discussed his plans with officials in Fayetteville and Washington County. For the Benton County growing operation, Hensley