Arkansas Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Arkansas rules on smoking medical cannabis, staffing go to governor

Bart Schaneman  | March 27, 2017

The Arkansas Senate has approved regulations on where medical marijuana can be smoked as well as requirements for staffing dispensaries.

According to the Arkansas News, the next stop for House Bill 1400 is the desk of Gov. Asa Hutchinson. If he signs the measure into law, it will ban patients from smoking medical cannabis:

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Chart: 8 new marijuana markets slated to launch in 2018

Eli McVey  | March 27, 2017

By Eli McVey

Get ready for the next iteration of the green rush.

The marijuana industry is poised to grow by leaps and bounds in 2018, when at least eight of the 11 states that passed significant medical or recreational cannabis measures last year are expected to start sales.

Arkansas lawmaker behind anti-MMJ smoking bill took tobacco cash

Omar Sacirbey  | March 2, 2017

The Arkansas state senator behind a bill that would would bar patients from smoking medical marijuana under the state’s new MMJ law has accepted campaign money from tobacco companies.

State Sen. Jason Rapert cited health factors as the reason behind his anti-smoking legislation targeting medical cannabis.

“Universally, in the public health community, people will tell …

Arkansas to permit medical cannabis deliveries

Omar Sacirbey  | March 1, 2017

The Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Board gave approval for state-licensed dispensaries to deliver medical marijuana to patients and caregivers once the state’s MMJ program has launched.

The delivery regulations approved this week include a few restrictions, according to Little Rock television station KATV:

  • Orders must be delivered the same day they are made.
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Medical marijuana businesses see silver lining in White House comments on cannabis

Omar Sacirbey  | February 28, 2017

By Omar Sacirbey

Medical marijuana companies are finding solace in comments from the White House last week indicating the federal government might crack down on recreational cannabis but leave the $2 billion MMJ industry alone.

“It is good news for medical marijuana,” said Alex Ford of the Grassroots Vermont dispensary.

Arkansas to award 32 medical marijuana dispensary licenses

Omar Sacirbey  | January 11, 2017

The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission will issue 32 licenses for medical cannabis dispensaries once the application process begins.

The commission on Tuesday also set dispensary license application fees at $7,500, Little Rock television station KATV reported. Applicants who are unsuccessful will have half of their fee refunded to them.

Hoping to achieve …

Week in Review: Poorly trained MMJ workers, AR’s medical fees & Puerto Rico in business

Bart Schaneman  | January 6, 2017

By Omar Sacirbey and Bart Schaneman

A study shows that many dispensary employees are improperly trained, Arkansas announces fees to set up MMJ cultivation facilities, and Puerto Rico’s medical cannabis industry is open for business.

Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

Arkansas MMJ cultivation fee set at $100,000 annually

Bart Schaneman  | January 5, 2017

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, …

Arkansas to start with five medical cannabis cultivation licenses

Bart Schaneman  | December 23, 2016

Each of Arkansas’ five health regions will initially be allotted a marijuana cultivation facility license, officials with the state’s medical cannabis program announced this week.

Under the medical marijuana law voters passed last month, Arkansas must license four to eight cultivation facilities and 20-40 dispensaries.

The commission tasked with developing the nascent MMJ industry in …