Arkansas Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

AR medical cannabis commish resigns; April market launch still expected

A member of the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission is resigning, reducing the five-person panel to two to start the year. The market launch of MMJ in the state has been delayed before by legal challenges and licensing snags. But Scott Hardin, communications director for the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, wrote in an email to […]

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Arkansas medical marijuana growers aim to have product ready by spring

Two of the businesses licensed by Arkansas to grow medical cannabis say they expect to have product available for dispensaries as soon as April. Arkansas voters approved a constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana in 2016, but the state’s MMJ industry has been beset by legal challenges and licensing delays. Officials with the five licensed cultivation facilities updated the […]

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Arkansas medical cannabis cultivator plans to start growing in February

The medical marijuana program in Arkansas – stymied by legal challenges and licensing delays – could have a cultivation facility growing and supplying marijuana in early 2019. State regulators said they plan to launch the program then, but retail licenses haven’t been awarded yet. The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission outsourced the review of dispensary license applications to […]

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Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission requests AG’s legal help

The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission wants the state attorney general’s office to provide it with legal advice instead of the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Division. The commission has received legal guidance from ABC attorneys since it was formed in 2016. But the commission’s chairwoman, Ronda Henry-Tillman, has asked Attorney General Leslie Rutledge’s office to […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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