After previously denying a request for a medical cannabis dispensary to relocate to Jonesboro, the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission unanimously overturned its decision Monday.
MissCo Cannabis Dispensary in November had been denied its request to move its retail permit from Osceola. The company is one of six dispensaries that have been awarded licenses but have yet to open in the state.
“Craighead County and Greene County together comprise almost half of the cardholders in the entire zone,” said Casey Castleberry, attorney for the dispensary, referring to the card required for patients to purchase the drug. “Jonesboro also is the health care hub of Zone 3.”
Eight geographic zones were created for dispensary licenses after the state voted in 2016 to legalize medical marijuana through Amendment 98 to the Arkansas Constitution. Each of the zones is allotted up to five dispensaries.
MissCo is one of five dispensaries approved for Zone 3, which comprises 14 counties in northeastern Arkansas. Craighead County, where Jonesboro sits, has a population of about 110,000, nearly double the 40,000 population of Mississippi County where Osceola is located.
Castleberry asked the commission to reconsider after the company received additional support for the move in a letter