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Right now is an exciting time for the burgeoning medical marijuana industry in Arkansas. The application period for dispensaries and cultivation facilities starts on July 1st, 2017 and runs for 90 days.

The commission that governs the issuing of licenses has finalized the application rules and has set a date for a public hearing.

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For the latest legislation affecting Issue 6 (now amendment 98) – see our comprehensive legislative update.

 

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Updates from the April 10 Meeting of the ABC Regarding MMJ Rules and Regulations

Thanks to Robert deBin for attending the meeting and providing these notes. This meeting was important because it was the first meeting of the Alcohol and Beverage Control (ABC) Board of Directors following the public comment period. A little background; the ABC rules and regulations govern the operations of dispensaries and cultivation facilities in Arkansas. …

Updates from the April 11th Medical Marijuana Commission Meeting

All commissioners were present, Travis Story telephonically. Mary Robin Casteel, the ABC attorney, started by reviewing changes from last week. The definition of school was updated to exclude home schools and colleges and universities.  Economic impact points awarded will now be partially determined by the Arkansas Economic Development Commission incentive tier map of economically challenged counties in Arkansas. …

Arkansas Bar Association: Lawyers would violate Professional Conduct Rule by advising MMJ applicants

In the Winter 2017 edition of The Arkansas Lawyer, a magazine published by the Arkansas Bar Association, attorney Andrew King makes the case that Arkansas lawyers who advise clients applying for a medical marijuana dispensary or cultivation licenses will be in violation of the Arkansas Rule of Professional Conduct. “The year 2017 will see major developments …

Resources

If you are interested in applying for a medical marijuana dispensary or cultivation facility license in the State of Arkansas, these are documents you’ll want to review:

Business Types:

Dispensaries

32 will be awarded in the state, selected by merit by zone.

Application Rules and Regulations

Operating Rules and Regulations

Dispensary Zone Map – showing zones and counts for the dispensary license lottery (update – four dispensaries will be awarded for each zone)

Dispensary Draft Application – not available yet

Cultivation Facilities

5 will be awarded in the state, selected by merit.

Application Rules and Regulations

Operating Rules and Regulations

Cultivation Facility Draft Merit Application

(latest available version – updated after the February 7th meeting – published February 19th)

Distributors

HB1051 (now Act 462) has passed, authorizing medical marijuana distributors. We expect rules to be forthcoming soon from the ABC.

Transporters

HB1051 (now Act 462) has passed, authorizing medical marijuana transporters. We expect rules to be forthcoming soon from the ABC. Cultivation facilities will still be allowed to do their own transporting.

Processors

HB1051 (now Act 462) has passed, authorizing medical marijuana processors. We expect rules to be forthcoming soon from the ABC. Cultivation facilities will still be allowed to do their own processing.

Governing Bodies:

Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission

The body that controls the licensing of dispensaries and cultivation facilities.

Public hearing on proposed rules set for March 31st.

Arkansas Beverage Control

The body governing dispensary and cultivation facility operations and compliance.

Operating Rules and Regulations – governing the oversight of medical marijuana cultivation facilities and dispensaries

Arkansas Department of Health

The body governing medical marijuana patients and products.

Draft Rules and Regulations – governing medical marijuana registration, testing, and labeling

Public hearing on proposed rules was held on March 10th.

Current list of qualifying medical conditions:

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV+/AIDS
  • Hepatitis C
  • ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis)
  • Tourette’s Syndrome
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)
  • Severe Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Cachexia or Wasting Syndrome
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Intractable Pain
    • Defined as pain that has not responded to ordinary medications, treatment, or surgical measures for more than six (6) months
  • Severe Nausea
  • Seizures
    • Including without limitation those characteristic of epilepsy; or severe and persistent muscle spasms, including without limitation those characteristic of multiple sclerosis

List of qualifying medical conditions that the Arkansas Drug Policy Education Group is working to add:

  • ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) / ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
  • Anxiety
  • Asthma
  • Autism
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Bulimia
  • Depression
  • Insomnia (Severe)
  • Migraines
  • Respiratory Dysfunction / COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

Arkansas Law

Issue 6 – Amendment 98 – the full searchable text of the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment of 2016

See our list of current legislation that affects the medical marijuana law.

About

The Arkansas Cannabis Industry Association (ACIA) is a cannabis industry trade association advocating for laws, regulations and public policies that foster a healthy, professional and accountable medical cannabis industry in our state.

ACIA works on the state and local level to advance the interests of licensed cultivators, infused-products manufacturers, and dispensaries, as well as recommending physicians, ancillary businesses, and other key stakeholders in Arkansas’ legal medical cannabis industry.

In addition, ACIA advocates for the broader dissemination of sound academic and medical research on cannabinoid medicine to Arkansas physicians, nurses and other health care providers. Finally, ACIA strives to represent and address the concerns of Arkansas’ medical cannabis patients, law enforcement organizations working in good faith to implement Arkansas’ medical cannabis laws, educators, concerned parents, our neighbors and local communities.

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