Arkansas Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Arkansas picks Boston firm to rank medical marijuana applicants

Arkansas picked a Boston-based consultant to grade the 200-plus applications submitted for the state’s first medical marijuana dispensary licenses. The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission decided to outsource dispensary license scoring to a third-party group after a controversial cultivation licensing process earlier this year. Public Consulting Group was one of just two companies to respond to […]

Read More

Michigan to probe potential for medical marijuana licensing bribes

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is requesting that state police investigate whether regulators are taking bribes in exchange for medical marijuana licenses. Snyder’s spokeswoman told the Detroit Free Press the governor asked the state police to open an investigation. The move comes after state Democratic Sen. David Knezek of Dearborn Heights raised the issue in a letter […]

Read More

Arkansas to outsource evaluation of medical marijuana applications

The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission voted to give a consulting group the power to evaluate applications and award 32 dispensary licenses for MMJ. The commission decided by a 3-2 vote Wednesday that a consulting group – comprising a five-member panel – could review and score hundreds of dispensary applications. Commissioner Travis Story strongly opposed the […]

Read More

Arkansas lawmakers approve new marijuana consultant, application rules

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 approval comes after the state awarded licenses to five marijuana cultivation companies last week after a court injunction suspending the licensing process was lifted. The move to […]

Read More

Arkansas awards five medical cannabis grow licenses, but sales still long way off

Arkansas awarded licenses to five marijuana cultivation companies after a court injunction suspending the licensing process was lifted. The state’s Medical Marijuana Commission issued licenses to: Natural State Medicinals Cultivation Bold Team Natural State Wellness Enterprises Osage Creek Cultivation Delta Medical Cannabis Co. Each company paid a $100,000 license fee and a $500,000 performance bond. With the […]

Read More

Arkansas aims for early 2019 medical marijuana launch

(This article has been updated from an earlier version to note that state regulators have approved a rule allowing the state to hire a consultant to help review pending license applications.) After a months-long delay due to a court ruling, Arkansas is developing a plan that could result in the state’s medical cannabis program launching […]

Read More

Arkansas Supreme Court paves way for medical cannabis program launch

The Arkansas Supreme Court cleared the way for the state to launch its medical marijuana program, reversing a lower court ruling that prevented officials from issuing the first grower licenses. Pulaski County Judge Wendell Griffen ruled in March that the state’s process for awarding medical marijuana cultivation licenses was unconstitutional. He said the process violated […]

Read More

Chart: Timeline for launch, projected sales in seven new marijuana markets

More than 60% of the U.S. population now lives in states that have legalized some form of marijuana use and sales, illustrating both the rising acceptance of cannabis nationwide and the industry’s immense potential for future growth. Several medical marijuana and recreational programs have yet to get off the ground, however. Here’s an update on […]

Read More

Arkansas justices to expedite medical marijuana case that halted MMJ program

The Arkansas Supreme Court has agreed to speed up its review of a ruling that has halted the issuance of the state’s first medical marijuana growing licenses. The high court set an expedited briefing schedule in an order this week, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported. The final pleading is set to be submitted May 30. Arkansas appealed […]

Read More

Arkansas halts review of medical marijuana dispensary applications

Arkansas regulators have stopped reviewing applications from businesses that want to sell medical cannabis, weeks after a judge struck down the state’s licensing process for growing the drug. A spokesman for the Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) said Wednesday the Medical Marijuana Commission’s review of dispensary applications was halted in response to a judge’s […]

Read More

Two successful applicants ask AR judge to lift order stopping medical marijuana licensing

Two of five companies that were slated to receive Arkansas’ first licenses to grow medical marijuana asked a state judge to lift his order halting the permitting process. Natural State Wellness Enterprises and Delta Medical Cannabis Company filed a motion requesting that Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen vacate his order preventing Arkansas from issuing […]

Read More

Arkansas court battle over cannabis grow licenses heating up

Arkansas’ attorney general is appealing a judge’s order that forbids the state to license five companies to grow medical marijuana. Attorney General Leslie Rutledge’s office on Friday filed a notice that it’s appealing Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen’s ruling that the MMJ licensing process is unconstitutional to the state Supreme Court. Griffen had ruled […]

Read More