Medical marijuana commission OKs change in ownership for Osage Creek Cultivation

Friday, April 12, 2019

By Kelby Newcomb

The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission voted Wednesday, April 3, to approve a change in ownership for Osage Creek Cultivation in Carroll County.

According to a recording of the meeting, owners Mary and Jay Trulove requested that their sons, Bradley and Matthew Trulove, be added as owners of the cultivation center. As a result, Maryís ownership stake in the company will decrease from 60 percent to 55 percent, and Jayís ownership stake will decrease from 40 percent to 5 percent. Bradley and Matthew will each own a 20 percent stake in the cultivation center.

Osage Creek Cultivation was approved to begin growing plants on Monday, March 11.

Scott Hardin, spokesman for the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission, said the Berryville-based medical marijuana cultivation facility was approved after a final inspection by the Alcoholic Beverage Controlís (ABC) Enforcement Division.

Cultivation facilities and dispensaries are expected to launch the stateís medical marijuana program soon, but the state legislature recently approved Senate Bill 441, which restricts the advertising of medical marijuana products.

Under the measure, which passed both chambers after being amended, cultivators are banned from advertising to the public, and dispensaries are heavily restricted. It says dispensaries are not allowed to use symbols such as cartoon characters that might attract children, and television, radio, print and internet advertising can only target audiences that are less than 30 percent children. They are also prohibited from advertising within 1,000 feet of a school or daycare center, it says.

Dispensaries are also prevented from displaying consumption of marijuana or encouraging or promoting marijuana for use as an intoxicant, the measure says.

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