LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The first two medical marijuana vendors in Arkansas sold over 13 pounds of the drug during the first few days of sales, according to data reported to state regulators.
Arkansas' medical marijuana program officially debuted on Friday, joining 33 other states that allow certain patients to buy weed.
The two Hot Springs dispensaries, Green Springs Medical and Doctor's Orders RX, are charging $15 per gram, which means the first few days of sales surpassed $93,000, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.
Patients and spokesmen for the companies noted that around 200 people waited in line at Doctor's Orders RX on Saturday morning, which was the first full day of sales. Lines were considerably smaller but continued on Sunday and Monday at both dispensaries.
Jacqueline Petty, 43, of Harrison traveled more than three hours to Hot Springs on Sunday to visit Green Springs Medical. Petty noted that the dispensary's line moved efficiently.
"They were all so nice," she said. "They gave us water and helped pick which strain would help us the most. I was very impressed."
Figures from the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration indicate the average transaction was $79.62.
The state is uncertain how many patients made purchases because of software limitations, said Scott Hardin, a spokesman for the finance department.
Patients or their registered caregivers can purchase medical pot if doctors have confirmed that the patients suffer from one of 18 eligible conditions. As of Friday, the Arkansas Department of Health had issued 11,739 medical-marijuana registry ID cards.
Regulatory difficulties and court disputes hindered cultivation businesses from opening up shop. Once matured, the medical-cannabis market in Arkansas will feature 32 dispensaries across the state and five cultivation facilities. The drug used in Arkansas must be grown and treated in the state.