October 17, 2017 | Posted in Marijuana | By

Recently some 300 businesses and individuals applied with the State of Arkansas to grow or sell so-called “medical” marijuana.

The state is still in the process of reviewing these applications — and likely will be for quite some time. Of all these applicants, five growers and 32 sellers will be approved by the state.

We sent a Freedom of Information Act request to the Department of Finance and Administration requesting information on the applications to grow or sell marijuana. Here’s a breakdown of what we have learned so far:

  • Marijuana-grower applications have been made in 41 of Arkansas’ 75 counties.
  • Marijuana-seller applications have been made in 53 of Arkansas’ 75 counties.
  • Altogether, there have been 228 applications to sell marijuana and 95 applications to grow marijuana.

The top 10 counties for marijuana applications are:

  1. Pulaski (9 growers and 26 sellers)
  2. Garland (3 growers and 22 sellers)
  3. Washington (7 growers and 17 sellers)
  4. Jefferson (13 growers and 8 sellers)
  5. Crittenden (2 growers and 15 sellers)
  6. Sebastian (3 growers and 11 sellers)
  7. Faulkner (12 sellers)
  8. Jackson (8 growers and 4 sellers)
  9. Benton (11 sellers)
  10. Craighead (1 grower and 10 sellers)

Twelve counties had no applications to grow or sell marijuana:

  1. Arkansas
  2. Ashley
  3. Calhoun
  4. Cleveland
  5. Hempstead
  6. Lafayette
  7. Lawrence
  8. Little River
  9. Logan
  10. Newton
  11. Perry
  12. Randolph

Below is a breakdown of marijuana applications by county:

County Marijuana Grower Applications Marijuana Seller Applications
Arkansas
Ashley
Baxter 2
Benton 11
Boone 3
Bradley 1
Calhoun
Carroll 2 5
Chicot 1 4
Clark 2
Clay 1 1
Cleburne 3
Cleveland
Columbia 1
Conway 1 2
Craighead 1 10
Crawford 1 3
Crittenden 2 15
Cross 1
Dallas 1
Desha 2
Drew 1
Faulkner 12
Franklin 1
Fulton 1
Garland 3 22
Grant 1
Greene 1
Hempstead
HotSpring 1 2
Howard 1
Independence 2 3
Izard 1 2
Jackson 8 4
Jefferson 13 8
Johnson 1 3
Lafayette
Lawrence
Lee 2
Lincoln 1
LittleRiver
Logan
Lonoke 2 3
Madison 1
Marion 1
Miller 3 6
Mississippi 1 2
Monroe 2
Montgomery 1 1
Nevada 1 1
Newton
Ouachita 1
Perry
Phillips 2 2
Pike 1
Poinsett 1
Polk 2
Pope 1 4
Prairie 1
Pulaski 9 26
Randolph
Saline 1 5
Scott 1
Searcy 1
Sebastian 3 11
Sevier 1 1
Sharp 2 3
St.Francis 4 2
Stone 3
Union 1 2
VanBuren 2 3
Washington 7 17
White 2
Woodruff 3 2
Yell 1
Total 95 228

Jerry is the founder and president of Family Council. He began Family Council in 1989 after a successful effort to amend the Arkansas Constitution to prevent the use of public funds for abortions. He and his wife reside in Little Rock. They have four sons.