Arkansas Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Effort in Arkansas to add nearly 40 medical marijuana conditions falls short

An Arkansas legislative committee shelved an effort to more than triple the conditions that would qualify patients to use medical cannabis, a move that likely would have resulted in a more robust market. The proposal to expand the conditions list from 18 to 57 did not receive a motion to advance out of the House Rules Committee […]

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Arkansas to activate medical cannabis cards Feb. 15

Patients who registered for Arkansas’ medical marijuana program will see their cards become active next week, but dispensaries in the state likely won’t have the ability to sell MMJ to them until April at the soonest. The active ID cards could potentially allow eager patients to travel to neighboring Oklahoma – which allows reciprocity for […]

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AR licenses 32 dispensaries; medical cannabis sales possible around April

The 32 businesses that an Arkansas panel approved to sell medical marijuana in the state have been formally awarded their licenses, with sales expected to start as soon as April. The businesses received their licenses after paying a $15,000 licensing fee and posting a $100,000 performance bond. Four dispensaries are being allowed to operate in each […]

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Arkansas’ medical marijuana cultivation sites are all under construction

All five of Arkansas’ state-approved medical cannabis grower sites are being built out, a development that should come as good news for marijuana businesses that are looking to be part of a fully operational market in the state later this year. The program has been beset by delays since Arkansas voters approved a constitutional amendment […]

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Arkansas announces first medical marijuana dispensary licenses

Arkansas issued its first six licenses for businesses to sell medical marijuana in the state, another welcome development for cannabis company owners that have waited for the program to roll out since voters approved it in 2016. Sales aren’t likely to begin until April at the earliest. The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) […]

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First cultivator begins growing medical marijuana in Arkansas

An Arkansas cultivation company has planted the first crop of medical cannabis and growing is underway, a sign that the market’s long-delayed launch may be approaching. According to Arkansas TV stations KHBS and KHOG, planting began Jan. 10 at the Bold Team cultivation center in Cotton Plant, 75 miles northeast of Little Rock. The medical marijuana […]

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AR approves medical cannabis dispensary scores, advancing licensing process

Arkansas regulators are notifying 32 medical marijuana dispensary license winners statewide, after the Medical Marijuana Commission unanimously approved the final scores produced by an independent evaluator. The top four scores in each of eight regions will receive the letters, but before the winning companies are awarded an actual dispensary license, they must pay a $15,000 […]

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Arkansas gov warns medical cannabis patients not to bring legal purchases over state line

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is cautioning medical marijuana patients there that buying MMJ products from licensed stores elsewhere to take back across state borders is against state and federal laws. That warning could be especially unwelcome news for marijuana businesses in neighboring Oklahoma, which allows out-of-state cardholders to purchase MMJ at its licensed dispensaries. Here’s a rundown […]

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Arkansas delays licensing of medical marijuana dispensaries

Arkansas will wait until early next year to award the first dispensary licenses, the state’s Medical Marijuana Commission announced. Here’s what you need to know: The panel had planned to meet this week to announce the dispensary scores, but on Tuesday it pushed back that meeting until Jan. 9 to allow newly appointed commissioners time […]

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