Nearly a dozen companies applied to open medical marijuana dispensaries in Faulkner County.
Ten of the 11 applicants want to open in Conway and one proposed opening a dispensary in Mayflower.
Arkansas Palliative Care applied to open in Mayflower.
Bloom Medicinals of Arkansas, Cultivate Health, Green Key Dispensary, Harvest, Natural State of Kind, Nectar Markets of Arkansas, Sonoran Breeze Botanical Care, The Health Center, USA Holistic LLC and NaturPharm Inc. all applied to open in Conway.
Arkansas voters approved the medical marijuana amendment in November 2016, legalizing the possession and sale of medical marijuana in the state.
Under regulations set by the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission, five cultivator licenses will be issued and 32 dispensaries, where the drug will be sold to qualifying patients, will be opened. There were no cultivator applicants from Faulkner County.
Later this month, the commission plans to announce which of the 95 applicants will receive the cultivator licenses.
Because the commission received 227 dispensary applications, Joel DiPippa, the commission’s legal adviser, said it would take longer to review that bundle and the winners should be announced by late April.
He said licenses for medical pot businesses could be handed out by the end of June.
Arkansas officials are anticipating that between 20,000 and 40,000 people will ask for permission to obtain medical marijuana.
Medical marijuana registration cards will cost about $50.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.