LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Two of the businesses licensed by Arkansas to grow medical marijuana say they expect to have the drug available for dispensaries as soon as April.

Officials with the five licensed cultivation facilities updated the state Medical Marijuana Commission on Wednesday about their construction and growing timelines. Arkansas voters approved a constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana in 2016.

Bold Team LLC and Natural State Medicinals told the panel they expected to have medical marijuana ready for dispensaries by April. Osage Creek Cultivation, Natural State Wellness Enterprises and Delta Medical Cannabis Co. expect to have theirs ready later in the summer. The commission delayed until Dec. 19 voting on Delta's request to move the site of its proposed facility.

An outside firm is reviewing applications for dispensaries that would sell medical marijuana.

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