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Benton County leaders delay vote on marijuana facility


The proposal would create a growing facility for marijuana on a 20-acre site near Gentry, about 160 miles (257 kilometers) northwest of Little Rock.


By Katie Clement
KATV Channel 7

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- Leaders in Benton County have delayed a decision on whether to allow a proposed medical marijuana cultivation facility in the county.

The county's planning board voted unanimously Wednesday to table any action on the proposed facility until Sept. 20. The proposal would create a growing facility for marijuana on a 20-acre site near Gentry, about 160 miles (257 kilometers) northwest of Little Rock.

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that about a dozen people spoke out Wednesday against the facility, citing concerns about traffic, crime and environmental issues. Read more.

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