- Associated Press - Friday, January 11, 2019

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An eastern Arkansas facility has become the first to get approval to begin growing medical marijuana to provide to dispensaries.

A state finance department spokesman said Friday the BOLD Team cultivation facility in Cotton Plant was approved after officials conducted a final inspection earlier this month.

BOLD is one of five companies that the state licensed last year to grow medical marijuana. Arkansas voters in 2016 approved a constitutional amendment legalizing marijuana for medical use.

BOLD Team said in a statement that it expects to have medicine available for dispensaries in April.

The state Medical Marijuana Commission earlier this week named the 32 companies it plans to license as dispensaries.

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