Arkansas Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News


Arkansas can resume issuing medical cannabis licenses, judge says

A medical marijuana dispensary applicant in Arkansas lost a legal challenge to obtain an MMJ license, which means the state can restart the permitting process. In response to Medicanna’s lawsuit contending regulators had broken Arkansas rules by awarding an MMJ license to a company that had scored lower on its application, a Pulaski County Circuit […]

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Judge temporarily halts Arkansas medical marijuana licensing

An Arkansas judge has temporarily stopped the state from issuing more medical marijuana licenses in response to a lawsuit filed by a cannabis firm whose MMJ dispensary license application was rejected by regulators. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen granted a temporary restraining order sought by Medicanna. The Pine Bluff-based company sued the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission […]

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Arkansas medical marijuana firm sues over replacement license

An Arkansas medical cannabis company filed a lawsuit against three state agencies over a failed bid to win a dispensary license. Medicanna filed the suit in Pulaski County Circuit Court against the state Medical Marijuana Commission, Alcoholic Beverage Control Division and Department of Finance and Administration, according to Arkansas Business. The suit argues that after a […]

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Medical cannabis business opportunities could swell in several states this year

Several states could expand their medical cannabis programs this year through new laws or regulatory policies, opening the door to additional business licenses, more sales for existing cannabis operators and fresh business for ancillary companies. The business prospects in the eight states listed below might not be as glitzy as new, hundred-million-dollar-plus cannabis markets. But […]

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First medical cannabis store coming to Arkansas’ capital

Little Rock, Arkansas, is poised to get its first medical marijuana dispensary. Harvest House of Cannabis passed inspection and then received approval from the Alcoholic Beverage Control Division to open in the state’s capital city, the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported. It’s unclear when Harvest House of Cannabis plans to open, according to the newspaper. Arkansas […]

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Arkansas medical marijuana sales hit $10 million since Jan. 1

Arkansas medical marijuana dispensaries sold $10 million in the first six weeks of 2020, according to state data released Friday. The pace of sales was faster than anticipated. “While there was some uncertainty regarding sustained strong sales in 2020, the numbers we receive daily show that sales are not only strong but continue to significantly […]

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AR rejects sale of medical cannabis licenses for unopened stores

Arkansas regulators nixed the sale of two medical marijuana dispensary licenses, displeased that the owners didn’t take significant efforts toward opening the operations. The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission unanimously voted to reject the sale of Pine Bluff Agriceuticals and Arkansas Patient Services, according to Arkansas Business. Commissioner Travis Story argued that allowing license holders to […]

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Arkansas medical marijuana sales top $28 million

Medical marijuana dispensaries in Arkansas sold more than $28 million in the first calendar year of legal sales, according to the state Department of Finance and Administration. The stores sold more than 4,200 pounds of medical marijuana, resulting in $28.13 million in sales. Sales exceeded the $15 million to $20 million projected by the 2019 […]

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Medical cannabis licensing

Minnesota is expanding the state’s medical cannabis program to include chronic pain, a move that is expected to substantially boost sales since the condition is typically the leading driver for MMJ recommendations.

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Marijuana businesses increasingly plan to sue if regulators fail to award them a business license

Cannabis companies, particularly multistate operators (MSOs), are increasingly incorporating lawsuits into their licensing application strategy in a bid to secure a permit in a highly sought-after market. That strategy of preparing to fight license rejections by state regulators, especially those lost by a narrow margin, is based on a number of factors: Many marijuana business […]

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