Brothers Planning To Open Medical Marijuana Cultivation Center In Fort Smith

FORT SMITH (KFSM) -- Entrepreneurs and brothers Storm Nolan and Kane Whitt plan to open a medical marijuana cultivation center on E. Street in Fort Smith.

The 83,000 square foot warehouse has been shut down for quite some time. The brothers plan to invest in the property on the Poteau River and in the industrial historic area of downtown.

"We will probably have 30 well paid people working here and in a variety of roles. From actually attending to the plants, to the trimming of the buds and the processing it into oils, waxes and products that are then used for eatables such as cookies lozenges or things of that sort for patients," Nolan said.

Opening the facility is more than a business move to join the medical marijuana movement for the partners.

"Our mom struggled for a long time with opioid addiction and she was originally prescribed them to treat chronic pain. She lost the battle to addiction," Nolan said. "If there was any other option for her that would have treated the pain but had been less addictive and less destructive it would had been a godsend."

The brothers still have to apply for a cultivation license in July. It will likely be October before the state grants any licensing.

According to legislation, only five medical marijuana cultivation centers will be allowed to open in the state of Arkansas.

The state has also put tight restrictions and applying for a license such as having a location picked out, an operation plan in place and secured funding.

"You can't really get bank financing because it's illegal federally so we are funding this out of pocket," Nolan said.

The partners also discussed security measures.

"If we are lucky enough to get our license we are not going to have a big medical marijuana sign on the building. It is going to be very low key," Nolan said. "The state, that is one of their big concerns setting this up right. So, what we will have here is a very tall fence.That will be our first layer of security. The entire building will be surrounded by security cameras that are monitored off site with a feed that the state police will be able to see. All the entrances will have bio-metric security. Meaning, you will use your fingerprint to get in so you can't fake it by stealing someone's access card."

 

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  • ozarklove

    Yes! Trust fund brats with no experience in the cannabis industry capitalizing!! All because the state locked out the hard-working folks who have been engineering, cultivating, giving heart and soul, working hands-to-bone, sweating the gestapo and all the other facets of the horror of a war on harmless medicine… good people risking often years behind bars to bring it to clowns like these two,…. good people organizing the economy, creating sales structures, implementing safeguards and procedural overhauls to support never-ending, forever-growing demand and to practice conscientious safety for consumers, etc etc etc. Good People doing all this, laying all this groundwork–doing God’s work, indeed–so that these two idiots could somehow worm their way into the corrupt “new” market for cannabis.

    Bottom Line: Softies like these two are trying to rake in all the cash in an industry they know nothing about and have put no time into. All because this multi-million dollar industry in Arkansas is only open to trust fund brats and other .01%ers who already hoard all the money, instead of being open to people who know what they’re doing and have paid their dues and should be awarded the opportunity based on MERIT, not trust funds.

    Oh and since they know nothing of the cannabis industry, count on a giant flow of cash once again OUT of Arkansas at INTO Colorado or California or wherever the people who actually know the business live who will have to tell Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dumb what to do, step by step, day by day.

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