Arkansas’ 33rd medical marijuana dispensary opened in Little Rock this week.
Native Green Wellness at 3720 Cantrell Road was first awarded a license in the state’s capital in June 2020. The business started serving customers Thursday and had a grand opening Friday.
It’s the seventh dispensary in Central Arkansas, joining two others in Little Rock and one each in Alexander, Sherwood, Conway and Hensley.
Doralee Chandler, state Alcoholic Beverage Control director, informed the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission that the new Little Rock location had recently passed final inspection. The commission grants licenses to dispensaries and cultivators while Alcoholic Beverage Control oversees regulation of medical-marijuana businesses.
Kattie Hansen is CEO and owner of Native Green Wellness in Little Rock. Her father, Walter Koon, is a co-owner.
Hansen previously owned the Native Green Wellness dispensary in Hensley, a small community southeast of Little Rock, but divested her interest in the business to her husband, Fredrik Hansen, and four other business partners in the spring of 2020, she said. State law bars an individual from owning an interest in more than one medical-marijuana business.
Hansen said Friday afternoon that the Little Rock location had already seen a lot of medical-marijuana patients who were