The names of 17 applicants who have applied for medical marijuana grower and sales licenses in Jefferson County have been released by the state, along with hundreds more around Arkansas.

In February, the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission will announce the five successful bidders for cultivation licenses. Later this year, the winners of the 32 dispensaries will be announced. Arkansas voters approved the legalization of medical marijuana in 2016, making the state one of 29 in the U.S. with medical-cannabis programs, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Officials received 322 applications for medical marijuana business licenses: 227 for a dispensary, 95 for cultivation centers.

Those who applied for licenses in Jefferson County include: Acanza Health Group, LLC, which applied for both a dispensary and cultivating facility in Pine Bluff; Arkansas Medical Solutions, LLC, which applied for a cultivating facility in Pine Bluff;

Columbia Care Arkansas, which applied for a cultivating facility in Pine Bluff; Global Resource Operation, which applied for a cultivating facility in Pine Bluff; Local Medicinals, LLC, which applied for a dispensary in Jefferson; Natural State Agronomics Inc., which applied for a cultivating facility in Pine Bluff; Natural State Medicinals Cultivation, which applied for a cultivating facility in Jefferson; Natural State Wellness Dispensary, which applied for a dispensary in Pine Bluff; Natural State Wellness Enterprises, LLC, which applied for a cultivating facility in Pine Bluff;

Nature’s Greenhouse, LLC, which applied for a cultivating facility in Pine Bluff; Nature’s Herbs and Wellness of Arkansas LLC, which applied for a dispensary in Pine Bluff; Nello Labs of Arkansas, LLC, which applied for a cultivating facility in Pine Bluff;

Newsouth Agriculture, LLC, which applied for a cultivating facility in Pine Bluff; Pain Free RX, Inc. applied for a dispensary in Pine Bluff; Pine Bluff Agriceuticals, which applied for a dispensary and a cultivating facility in Pine Bluff.

Radiant Herbal Wellness Center applied for a dispensary in Pine Bluff. Tri-State Weed and Wellness applied for a cultivating facility in Pine Bluff.

Natural State Agronomics Inc. CEO Ken Shollmier said he is spending $45 million to start his company to manufacture medical cannabis. He plans to hire 300 people and build a new facility in addition to an existing facility on a plot of 66 acres at 100 E. Boone St. in Redfield. The existing building used to house Charles River Laboratories.

“My wife has had some [medical] problems in the past,” Shollmier said in a previous interview with the Commercial. “She went to every doctor about a bad leg and a bad knee. Spent lots of money and everybody told her a different story. And nothing worked. We are going over a five-year period.”

Natural State Agronomics Inc. intends to build the largest cultivation facility in the southern United States, Stroud said, adding that the business would infuse products with cannabis.

“We are going to construct a 90,000 square-foot state-of-the-art cultivation facility,” Stroud said. “We are doing this for the state of Arkansas. ... Even the 50 percent of people who voted against this amendment will say Natural State Agronomics did this right.”