‘Not a good match for ducks’: Stuttgart says no to a medical marijuana dispensary – Arkansas Times

It appears the Rice and Duck Capital of the World won’t be adding cannabis to its nickname anytime soon. 

Residents of Stuttgart, including civic and business leaders, rose up in opposition in August when a medical marijuana dispensary asked state regulators for permission to move to the Southeast Arkansas town.

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Greenlight Helena, a dispensary in Helena-West Helena, asked the state Medical Marijuana Commission for approval to move to a location on U.S. Highway 63, a stone’s throw from Mack’s Prairie Wings, the well-known 120,000-square-foot sporting goods store that caters to hunters. Commission Chair James Miller said at the board’s August meeting that he had become aware that people in Stuttgart would like to have time to send letters about the proposed move and the commission obliged. Miller did not say at the time whether he anticipated the letters would favor or oppose the move, but the answer became clear when responses began to roll in. 

The commission and staff received more than 30 letters, including comments from Arkansas County Judge Thomas Best, Stuttgart Alderman David Leech, Riceland Foods President and CEO Jason Brancel, elected officials in the nearby town of Almyra, and many residents of Stuttgart. 

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