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First Fort Smith Medical Marijuana Dispensary Opening Wednesday

FORT SMITH, Ark. (KFSM) — The first medical marijuana dispensary in Fort Smith is opening its doors to the public on Wednesday, Dec. 18. Fort Cannabis manager J...

FORT SMITH, Ark. (KFSM) — The first medical marijuana dispensary in Fort Smith is opening its doors to the public on Wednesday, Dec. 18.

Fort Cannabis manager Jordan Mooney confirmed the opening date to 5NEWS.

Doors are set to open at noon on Wednesday and will close at 8 p.m.

Fort Cannabis will be the second dispensary to open in Zone 4 of the state, which includes Sebastian, Crawford, Franklin, Johnson, Logan, Yell, Pope and Conway Counties. 420 Dispensary in Russellville opened Tuesday, Dec. 17.

Voters approved medical marijuana in Arkansas in 2016.

In 2017, state regulators approved licenses for five cannabis cultivation facilities and 32 retail dispensaries.

The first dispensary in the state did not open until the summer of 2019.

As of Dec. 16, patients in Arkansas have spent $25.71 million to obtain 3,812 pounds of medical marijuana.

Editors Note: This article has been changed to state that Fort Cannabis will be the second dispensary to open in Zone 4. The report initially stated it would be the first.