WALNUT RIDGE, Ark.– Applications for medical marijuana cultivation facilities and dispensaries in Arkansas will be accepted starting in July.
One Northeast Arkansas town is already discussing the business this could bring to the area.
Walnut Ridge’s mayor, Charles Snapp says he’s been approached by several people about trying to bring a cultivation facility there.
He says this might be an issue bringing these facilities to a small town because of the distance requirements when it comes to how close the facilities can be to schools and churches.
The law states that grow facilities must be at least 3,000 feet from churches, schools or daycares.
Dispensaries must be 1,500 feet away.
“We don’t need to have it where at any time you can drive through a drive-thru and get medical marijuana and drive off. I believe that it will be misused, I think it will be abused,” says Walnut Ridge resident Chris Krohn.
Some residents did say they were for the businesses coming to Walnut Ridge because of the tax revenue and job opportunities it could bring.
Mayor Snapp said he would treat it like any other manufacturing business.
He also said he is required by state law to allow any person who meets the state’s requirements and is approved to open a shop in the town.
The mayor says he will discuss the matter at the next city council meeting on June 19th.