READY TO RENOVATE: Arkansas Medicinal Source Patient Center intends to renovate this building for its dispensary in Bentonville. GOOGLE


Arkansas Medicinal Source Patient Center
is finalizing paperwork for a permit to renovate its facility at 406 Razorback Drive, according to Erik Danielson, an owner of the dispensary. It hopes to open by May 1.

The dispensary, which received the third highest dispensary score in Zone 1, shares a parking lot with the Tandem Tacos food truck. Danielson, founder of Danielson Law Firm in Fayetteville, owns a 10 percent stake. Other owners include Jeff Starling, 28.5 percent; David Starling, 1.5 percent; Aaron Crawley, 12.5 percent; Mitchell Massey, 12.5 percent; Mike Tullis, 25 percent; Conor Filter, 5 percent; and Robert McLarty, 5 percent.

The dispensary hopes to be open from 8 or 9 a.m. until 8 or 9 p.m. for 6 days a week, depending on the Medical Marijuana Commission’s rules for sales on Sundays, Danielson said. He also said deliveries could “potentially” be a large part of the business, but this will also depend on the Commission’s standards surrounding the transport of medical marijuana.

AMSPC is also a grow dispensary, which means it can grow and keep up to 50 mature plants or up to 100 plants in a vegetative state on site at any given time.

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The vegetative state, according to Danielson, describes the state of the marijuana plants before they begin to receive an even split of 12 hours of light and 12 hours of darkness, which induces flowering (the bud). 

Danielson said keeping plants in a vegetative state will allow AMSPC to keep some plants in a transition period.

“It gives you stock [so] once you harvest, you don’t have to start from scratch,” he said. “You have plants that are already of size to then move into the flowering chamber. You can get on a harvest cycle, where you’re not having to start from the seed, for example. [You] grow the plant to maturity, harvest and start over. It allows for a more seamless, rotational crop.”

The dispensary will be reliant on the product and strains the five cultivators will offer, but it plans to grow their own “proprietary strains” to sell in-house, and depending on the quantity of its output, Danielson said it may sell its product to other dispensaries.

Danielson said the dispensary is excited about its central location in the city.

“It’s right in middle of Bentonville, a high traffic area, and there’s not another dispensary for quite a radius around us. … There’s so much going on here right now.”

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Danielson said he’s looking forward to “getting medical marijuana to the patients that need it,” he said. “Since [the medical marijuana amendment] was passed, a good friend… passed away from cancer and never had access to medical marijuana. I know another individual who’s currently suffering with cancer. The ability to get medical marijuana to these patients here, that’s what drives me to do this.”