Industrial Hemp Rules Receive Final Approval in Arkansas

On Thursday, the Arkansas State Plant Board formally approved rules that will allow farmers to begin growing hemp in the state, according to Arkansas Online. The program was originally approved by the Arkansas General Assembly at the beginning of 2017 but was sidelined for over a year. Arkansas is the 37th state to approve an […]

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Arkansas Attorney General Appeals Court Ruling to Halt MMJ Cultivator Licensing

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has appealed the decision by Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Wendell Griffen to declare the state’s medical cannabis cultivation licenses “null and void,” KASU reports. The case will be heard by the state Supreme Court, although it’s unclear when the body will hear the case. In the ruling, Griffen said […]

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Arkansas Judge Rules MMJ Cultivation Licenses ‘Null and Void’

Arkansas Judge Wendell Griffen has declared the state’s medical cannabis cultivation licenses “null and void” finding that the state Medical Marijuana Commission disregarded the licensing rules in the voter-approved amendment, according to a 40/29 report. In the ruling, the judge said that the commission failed to verify the sites’ distances from schools, churches, and daycares, […]

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Arkansas Judge Halts MMJ Cultivator Licensing Following Lawsuit

An Arkansas judge has put the state’s licensing of medical cannabis cultivators on hold as one of the unsuccessful applicants vying for a cultivation license is suing the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission over the application evaluation process, ArkansasOnline reports. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen said that the lawsuit by Naturalis Health “asserts facts showing […]

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Arkansas Approves Five MMJ Cultivators

Arkansas has approved five companies to cultivate medical cannabis under the state’s voter-approved measure, including one which counts former state Attorney General Dustin McDaniel among its investors, according to a WREG report. The state received a total of 95 applications. Who’s in? Natural State Medicinals Cultivation in Jefferson County Bold Team LLC in Woodruff County Natural […]

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Lawsuit Filed Against Arkansas MMJ Commission Over Initial Application Rejections

The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission is being sued by a group of industry applicants who claim that the regulators were incorrect in rejecting their applications during its initial assessment last month, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports. The names of the plaintiffs were left out of the complaints to protect the anonymity of the process. The lawsuits […]

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Arkansas Receives More than 320 MMJ Industry Applications

Regulators in Arkansas received 95 medical cannabis cultivation applications and 227 dispensary applications, according to state Department of Finance and Administration figures outlined by the Associated Press. Pulaski County, the state’s most populous, received 26 applications for dispensaries, the most in the state, while cultivators are most interested in setting up operations in Jefferson County […]

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Arkansas AG Denies Adult-Use Ballot Initiative Over Language ‘Ambiguities’

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has rejected a proposed cannabis legalization ballot initiative over “ambiguities” in the measure which she claims are “sufficiently serious” enough to prevent the campaign from ballot consideration. In the Oct. 6 letter to Mary L. Berry, the named petitioner for the Summit-based Arkansas True Grass Ballot Committee, Rutledge says the […]

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Arkansas Finance Department Flooded with MMJ Industry Applications on Deadline Day

As officials expected, the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration were flooded with medical cannabis business applications on the day of the application deadline. Scott Hardin, spokesman for the department, told the Associated Press that about 300 applications were filed by the close of business Monday, with about 100 of those for cultivation licenses, and […]

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Employees of Arkansas’ Largest Airport Could Be Denied MMJ Use Under Policy Proposal

Proposed personnel policy changes at Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport/Adams Field would allow airport employees to be fired if they test positive for cannabis, even if they are registered with the state’s medical cannabis program, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports. The voter-approved constitutional amendment does include language that provides for “safety-sensitive” positions to be subject […]

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Benton County, Arkansas Judge Tells Colleagues They Have No Right to ‘Relitigate’ MMJ Law

Benton County Judge Barry Moehring has told county officials that it is not their jobs to “relitigate a matter people voted for,” referring to the 2016 ballot initiative to legalize medical cannabis, rather it is a planning board matter. According to the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Moehring made the statement during a Quorum Court meeting after […]

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Arkansas Officials Reject Dispensary Proposal Amid Slow Cannabis Industry Applications

Medical cannabis cultivation and dispensary applications in Arkansas are still slow, and Russellville Planning Commissioners have struck down a proposal from one of just two dispensary applicants, the Courier News reports. The commission voted 4-2 against the dispensary’s special use permit due to its proposed location near a church and a “high traffic area.” Planning […]

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Arkansas Advocates Estimate 500 to 600 Jobs in Cannabis Industry Short Term

Cannabis industry advocates expect cannabis cultivation, dispensary, and laboratory jobs to reach between 500 and 600 in the short term, with 1,500 eventually being employed in the state’s industry, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports. Storm Nolan, president of the Arkansas Cannabis Industry Association, said the number of jobs hinges “on how well [the state does] educating […]

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Arkansas Has Yet to Receive Single MMJ Grower, Dispensary License Application

As the application deadline for Arkansas medical cannabis cultivators and distributors draws near, the state Department of Finance and Administration has not yet received any applications from potential operators, the Associated Press reports. However, Scott Hardin, spokesman for the department, said the agency is “not concerned” understanding the applications “require detailed and specific information that […]

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Arkansas Medical Board Chairman Steps Down from MMJ Trade Association Board

The chairman of the Arkansas Medical Board, Dr. Steven Cathey, is no longer on the board of the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Association, citing potential conflicts of interest, according to a Talk Business & Politics report. “Where things changed for me was after I started reviewing my role as the state (Medical Board) chairman, I was […]

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MMJ Trade Association Launched in Arkansas

The Arkansas medical cannabis community now has a trade association, as a coalition of businesses and individuals have formed the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Association, which has tabbed Little Rock attorney David Couch as its executive director. Couch led the efforts to put the medical cannabis issue to voters, which was approved last November. The association […]

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Arkansas MMJ Commission to Accept Patient, Operator Applications Beginning Friday

On Friday, the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission will begin implementing the voter-approved medical cannabis regime by accepting applications from operator hopefuls and potential patients, the Associated Press reports. Patient applicants must pay a $50 application fee and, if approved, the card must be renewed annually. State officials are expecting between 20,000 and 40,000 people to […]

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Ark. Senate Passes Six Bills Related to Voter-Approved MMJ Statute

The Arkansas Senate has passed six bills relating to medical cannabis, including one that codifies the creation of the Medical Marijuana Commission, and another that allows employers to establish cannabis-free workplace policies, according to NPR-affiliate KUAR. The latter would allow employers to prevent employees with medical cannabis recommendations from showing up to work if they […]

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Bill Limiting MMJ Smoking Fails Again in Ark. Senate

The Arkansas Senate has again rejected a medical cannabis smoking ban after the measure was initially defeated by the body last week, the Times Record reports. The proposal received one additional vote this time around but the end result was the same. Republican state Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson said the voter-approved medical cannabis law includes language […]

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Arkansas Senate Fails to Pass Limits to MMJ Amendment

Separate proposals banning smoking and edibles under Arkansas’ voter-approved medical cannabis constitutional amendment have been rejected in the state Senate, but both could resurface later this week, NPR­-affiliate KUAR reports. The smoking ban failed 10-15 with nine members abstaining, while the edible ban was deferred. During Monday’s debate, Republican senators faced opposition from their own […]

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Arkansas MMJ Commission Releases Cultivation and Dispensary Rules

Arkansas’ Medical Marijuana Commission has released its final draft rules for awarding dispensary and cultivation licenses in the state, according to a Baxter Bulletin report. Under the regime, five cultivation licenses and 32 dispensary licenses will be granted throughout Arkansas. The cultivation licensees, which do not have any geographic restrictions, will be approved based on […]

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Arkansas State Senator Plans to File Two Restrictive MMJ Amendments

An Arkansas lawmaker plans to introduce two bills that would amend the state’s new voter-enacted medical cannabis laws, one of which would prevent the program’s implementation until medical cannabis is recognized by the federal government, KHTV reports. The second bill would outlaw smoking as a delivery method. Republican State Sen. Jason Rapert called the Arkansas […]

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Arkansas MMJ Commission Expects to Begin Patient Registration in March

Arkansas’ five-member Medical Marijuana Commission has held its first meeting, now it has 120 days to create the rules that will govern the currently non-existent medical cannabis program, according to a report from KHTV. Commissioners expect the Health Department to start registering patients as soon as March. Under the law, passed by voters during the […]

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Arkansas MMJ Commission Names Members; First Meeting Today

Top lawmakers in Arkansas have appointed the five-member Medical Marijuana Commission ahead of their first meeting today, NPR station KUAR reports. The commission will facilitate the licensing and regulation of cultivation sites and dispensaries under the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment. Dr. Ronda Henry-Tillman, a University of Arkansas Medical Sciences Department of Surgery professor and co-director […]

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