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Arkansas may revoke retailers’ inactive medical pot licenses

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — After all the hubbub following the 2016 election and voter approval of medical marijuana in the state, Arkansas officials are now saying they may consider revoking medical marijuana licenses for dispensaries that aren’t open by June.

Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control officials regulate the state’s budding cannabis industry. Those officials say they could begin taking action against inoperable dispensaries at the end of January. But a necessary rule won’t be ready by then. Officials have said licenses may not be reissued when they’re up for renewal in June.

Marijuana commissioners have expressed frustration at how long it is taking the 32 dispensaries in the state to open since being licensed this year. At present, only 11 are operating.

David Couch, the attorney who drafted and sponsored the amendment, said more dispensaries should be open by now, saying:

“It’s totally unreasonable. I think a lot of these unopened facilities are managed by out-of-state entities who believe that it’s not economically in their best interest to open a facility now, so they’re just going to wait. I think that’s wrong.”

Voters approved an amendment to the Arkansas Constitution in 2016 to legalize medical marijuana.

Construction begins on solar project in southeast Arkansas

LAKE VILLAGE, Ark. (AP) — Workers have begun construction on a new solar project in southeast Arkansas that’s expected to produce enough electricity to power more than 18,000 homes once it’s up and running.

The Chicot Solar Energy Center near Lake Village is a project of NextEra Energy Resources and Entergy Arkansas. They say the project will be larger than the Stuttgart Solar Energy Center, which came online in 2018 and was Arkansas’ largest universal solar energy project at the time.

Officials say construction in Lake Village will last about 11 months. Once complete, the solar energy center will be able to generate 100 megawatts of electricity and will serve Entergy Arkansas customers under a 20-year power purchase agreement.

Entergy and NextEra have previously announced plans for another 100-megawatt solar facility to be built near Searcy.

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