Arkansas lawmakers approved a rule to allow the state’s Medical Marijuana Commission to hire a consultant who will review hundreds of applications for licenses it has received from cannabis dispensaries.
The move to hire a consultant was in part prompted by allegations of impropriety during the cultivation application process.
The Arkansas Legislative Council’s executive subcommittee on Thursday green-lighted the rule allowing the MMJ commission to hire the consultant for reviewing and scoring dispensary applications.
The panel also approved a rule that would allow it to keep unsuccessful applications for growing and selling marijuana active for two years. The move would allow the next-highest-scoring company to be awarded a license if a permit is revoked.
– Associated Press and Marijuana Business Daily