Arkansas MMJ cultivation fee set at $100,000 annually

The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission has set the annual fee to operate a medical marijuana cultivation facility at $100,000.

The commission also decided this week that applicants for the five available cultivation licenses must have a $1 million bond or assets worth $1 million and the ability to demonstrate $500,000 in cash liquidity, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

This is on top of the $15,000 application fee regulators approved last week.

The financial requirements are quite high compared to many other states, although a few other markets charge even more. Maryland, for example, assesses a $165,000 fee annually a cultivator license.

Some of the money generated in Arkansas by the licensing fee will help fund the MMJ commission and law enforcement.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that it’s estimated it will cost the state $4 million-$6 million a year to oversee the new MMJ industry, while tax revenue from medical cannabis sales is expected to generate only $2.5 million.

Also Tuesday, the commission said the five grows won’t have to be spread out among the state’s five health regions, as regulators previously discussed.

2 comments on “Arkansas MMJ cultivation fee set at $100,000 annually
  1. Rasha on

    Sounds like another program set up for failure from the beginning. Who are they kidding with a 4-6M$ cost to enforce for an expected 2.5 M$ income.

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