Town in Arkansas hopes to cash in on medical marijuana

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TURRELL, Ark. -- A small town mayor in Crittenden County, Arkansas hopes to cash in on medical marijuana.

"We do have the room for the dispensary. That's what I would like to shoot for," said Turrell Mayor Dorothy Cooper.

Cooper said she's in the process of applying for a medical marijuana dispensary.

It's an idea that came to her after voters approved legalizing the drug to treat certain medical conditions.

WREG was told the dispensary would mainly be used as the pickup location for patients needing the drug.

However, a small amount of marijuana can be grown inside.

Cooper said a dispensary could open economic doors for the town by creating new jobs and revenue.

She wouldn't go into detail about her plan, but said the money generated would be used to rebuild the town.

"I thought it would be great for the community," she said.

The Medical Marijuana Commission, which falls under the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Division, is accepting applications through September 18.

They will grant licenses to 32 dispensaries and five cultivation facilities based on a merit system.

A spokesperson told WREG on the phone a town applying for a dispensary would be different, but possible if they meet the criteria.

"We are going to get approved. We are the perfect area. There's a need here. This dispensary will feed the need here," said Cooper.

Cooper told WREG she plans on holding a town hall meeting about her plan only if the state grants Turrell a dispensary license.

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