Cultivator finishes Arkansas' first medical pot harvest

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The first cultivator in Arkansas to begin growing medical marijuana says they've finished harvesting their initial crop.

BOLD Team spokesman Robert Lercher says the cultivator still expects to have the drug delivered to available dispensaries by May 12.

Lercher says it's not possible to know Friday how much this crop will yield, but previously the facility estimated they'd have about 200 pounds of product when it was dried and cured.

The Department of Health said Wednesday that it would automatically reissue its year-long medical marijuana cards to the more than 10,500 qualifying patients who'd received them in the months before the plant could be sold.

Department of Finance and Administration spokesman Scott Hardin says two other cultivators are growing and expect to harvest by summer.