The monthly community roundtable, Coffee with the Chief, was held at Calico County, 2401 S. 56th St., Thursday morning, and this month’s discussion centered on medical marijuana coming into the area and rumors about the Civil Service Commission.
“We’re planning on applying for a cultivation facility in Fort Smith, so we wanted to work with the police,” said local resident Storm Nolan.
“We want to make sure it’s more of a partnership, not a problem, and we can work together so marijuana doesn’t end up in the hands of kids or people who don’t have patient cards,” said Nolan’s stepbrother and future business partner, Kane Whitt. “We want to have a very cooperative relationship with the police regarding this.”
Both Nolan and Whitt said that Fort Smith police chief Nathaniel Clark was very receptive to what they had to say, and they were surprised that there wasn’t more resistance to their business venture. According to them, Clark stated that the public and the police are a family.
“We’ve received a lot of support from local business leaders, local community leaders,” said Whitt. “It’s been overwhelmingly positive.”
“I’ve been quite shocked by how receptive people have been,” said Nolan. “I think everyone has a story about how their lives have been affected by opioid addiction, whether it’s a family member or a friend or themselves.”
Opioid addiction is precisely why Nolan and Whitt want to bring cannabis cultivation here. They said that their mother was a prominent lawyer before her opioid addiction brought her down to bankruptcy and then…
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