Will medical marijuana become the next big cash crop in Phillips County? Only time will tell.

In the meantime, Delta Cultivators, LLC announced Tuesday that it plans to file an application to operate a professional medical marijuana cultivation facility and dispensary in the county under Arkansas' Medical Marijuana Act approved by voters in the November 2016 general election.

Will medical marijuana become the next big cash crop in Phillips County? Only time will tell.

In the meantime, Delta Cultivators, LLC announced Tuesday that it plans to file an application to operate a professional medical marijuana cultivation facility and dispensary in the county under Arkansas' Medical Marijuana Act approved by voters in the November 2016 general election.

“Bringing medical marijuana to Phillips County will add an important option for care providers and patients, allowing a more compassionate approach to pain management while providing an alternative to other drugs,” commented local pharmacist Dr. Ed Pat Wright, Delta's president, in a press release. “Medical marijuana will also bring significant and much needed economic development to the county.”

A group of long-time Phillips County residents founded Delta Cultivators. The group has a combined 150 years agricultural experience in the Delta. The team also boasts members with business and pharmacy experience.

Led by Wright and his pharmacist wife, Dr. Betsy Wright, the Delta Cultivators partners also include the Bart Christine, Barry Lawrence and Lance Gray families as well as Helena attorney Phillip Allen, local businessman Gordon Cunningham and former Arkansas State Representative and Helena-West Helena Mayor Arnell Willis.

Delta Cultivators is partnering with Acres Cannabis, one of the leading cannabis cultivation and dispensary companies in the state of Nevada.

According to Wright, Delta Cultivators plans to ensure that medical marijuana works for the good of the community and the state of Arkansas.

The press release states that, “Phillips County, part of the Delta region of Arkansas, is known for some of the richest soil in the state and the county's economy has long been based on agriculture. Generations of families have worked in agriculture, farming and harvesting everything from cotton and corn to lumber.”

Over the years as the agricultural industry became more and more mechanized and efficient many farm jobs disappeared. Along with that came a sagging economy.

Delta Cultivators believes it will provide a much-needed economic boost for the depressed area. It intends to invest millions of dollars in its facilities and create more than 50 new jobs as well as provide the necessary extensive training programs to provide a skilled workforce.