Tempe, Ariz.-based Harvest Health & Recreation has opened a medical marijuana dispensary in Little Rock. The licensee, Natural State Wellness Dispensary, was inspected and authorized to commence operation by the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Division.
Harvest has been authorized to operate the facility as Harvest House of Cannabis by the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission. This opening marks the beginning of Harvest’s operations in the state.
“At Harvest, high-quality products and operational excellence are paramount, and we are committed to delivering exactly that to the qualified patients and caregivers of Arkansas,” Harvest CEO Steve White said in a statement. “We are eager to operate within the state’s promising medical marijuana market and to be an integral part of its growth and success.”
The Harvest dispensary is located at 900 S. Rodney Parham Road.
The parent company has operations in several states and subject to completion of announced acquisitions, it will have one of the largest footprints in the U.S., with rights to operate more than 210 facilities, of which approximately 130 are retail locations, and more than 1,700 employees across 18 states and territories
Arkansas sales of medical marijuana recently surpassed 6,000 pounds and $40 million. Since the first dispensary opened in May 2019, patients have spent $40.46 million to obtain 6,252 pounds of medical marijuana.
Arkansas voters in 2016 approved the sale of medical marijuana. Each of the state’s eight zones has four licensed dispensaries for a total of 32. Each of the 32 licensed dispensaries must pass inspection prior to opening for business.