Figures released by the state Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) show Arkansans in October spent $19 million to purchase 3,527 pounds of medical marijuana.
Since the state’s first dispensary opened in mid-2019, Arkansans have spent a total of $447 million to purchase 66,994 pounds of cannabis.
The two state sales taxes that apply to medical marijuana — the 6.5 percent state sales tax on general purchases and the 4 percent privilege tax on medical marijuana — have generated $52.35 million in revenue since mid-2019. A total of $2.75 million in sales tax revenue was collected in October.
The medical marijuana numbers reported by DFA for October indicate a sharp decline in medical marijuana purchases from September to October. In September, Arkansans spent $30 million to purchase 4,768 pounds of cannabis.
There are currently 37 dispensaries in operation throughout Arkansas. A total of 19 dispensaries have sold at least 1,000 pounds of medical marijuana since opening.
The Releaf Center of Bentonville recently became the first Arkansas dispensary to surpass 7,000 pounds in sales.
Locally, Plant Family Therapeutics in Mountain Home sold 204.27 pounds of marijuana in October. That is a decrease of 5.49 pounds compared to the amount of cannabis purchased in September. Since opening in February 2020, it has sold 3,821.51 pounds of marijuana.
Fiddler’s Green in Mountain View sold 96.61 pounds of cannabis in October, a decrease of 4.37 pounds compared to what was sold in September. Since opening in July 2019, it has sold 2,777.16 pounds of marijuana.
Spring River Dispensary in Hardy sold 76.89 pounds of medical marijuana in October. That is an increase of 1.14 pounds compared to the amount sold in September. Since opening January 2021, it has sold a total of 645.97 pounds of cannabis.
The Arkansas Department of Health reports 78,585 active medical marijuana patient cards. That is an increase of 460 active cardholders from the numbers reported for September.