Medical marijuana industry expected to bring new jobs to Arkansas

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BERKELEY, CA - MARCH 25: One-ounce bags of medicinal marijuana are displayed at the Berkeley Patients Group March 25, 2010 in Berkeley, California. California Secretary of State Debra Bowen certified a ballot initiative late Wednesday to legalize the possession and sale of marijuana in the State of California after proponents of the measure submitted over 690,000 signatures. The measure will appear on the November 2 general election ballot. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

By Brian Fanney

A one-man testing lab in Greenbrier is poised to add up to seven employees, spend more than $1 million on equipment and buy several vehicles to capitalize on the coming sale of medical marijuana in Arkansas.

Kyle Felling, the owner of F.A.S.T. Laboratories, is one part of a burgeoning medical marijuana industry that’s expected to create hundreds of jobs in Arkansas, according to industry experts and representatives.

“It’s for medical use. Typically, the people will be immuno-compromised in some way or they’ve got some ailment going on, so you’ve got to make sure that it’s safe for people to consume,” Felling said of the marijuana. “That’s where the laboratory comes in and my company comes in.”

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