Medical Cannabis Patient Symposium – July 11th

A chance for patients and caregivers to learn step-by-step how to register for the Arkansas medical cannabis program. Discover how to have a conversation with your doctor and get an application to join the program.

  • Special Guests: Coltyn Turner, Sara Payan, and Wendy Turner
  • Special Panel: Cannabis and Kids
  • Special Panel: Cannabis and Cancer

About Coltyn Turner:

Coltyn is the first registered medical cannabis pediatric patient for Crohn’s disease in the State of Colorado and possibly the United States. Coltyn is currently using medical cannabis to treat Crohn’s disease, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis.

About Sara Payan:

Sara Payan is an award-winning cannabis educator specializing in cancer-related therapies, the Director of Education at the Apothecarium, writer, and patient advocate. She is a stage-three colon cancer survivor who was introduced to the medical marijuana program during her treatment. Cannabis is what got her through her initial illness, surgery, and chemo. She was able to keep her weight up, reduce nausea without using expensive intense medication and control her neuropathy.

After going through the life-changing experience of cancer, Sara re-evaluated what was important to her. The desire to bear witness and help others suffering through illness is what moved her to become an educator, advocate, and activist for medical cannabis and is what drives her to lead the movement in normalizing cannabis use for health. Her patient experiences and her civil rights background made her passionate about creating safe access to cannabis through education and also inspired her to create a compassionate consulting training program for those in the medical cannabis industry and beyond. She is also a vice-chair of the San Francisco Cannabis State Legalization Task Force.

RSVP at the Facebook event page or by emailing Info@ARcannabis.org.

Medical Cannabis Patient Symposium

Tuesday, July 11th
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Comfort Inn & Suites Presidential
707 Interstate 30, Little Rock, AR 72202

No charge – our goal is to educate Arkansas medical cannabis patients.

Dr. Tammy Hale Post (Springdale) writing medical cannabis certifications

Good Evening!

This is Wendy Love Edge from Bulldozer Health Inc.

If you need a Doctor to get your medicinal cannabis recommendation because you have a qualifying condition and are in the Springdale area, contact:

Dr. Tammy Hale Post

1-800-479-6435

5203 Willow Creek Dr., Springdale, AR 72762

Facebook site

Please tell her you heard about her from Bulldozer Health! She will let you know her fee schedule. As you know, you can apply for a card starting June 30th with the Board of Health.

We are working on other connections and also cost reductions for you in Arkansas, and will keep you posted.

This is the first Doctor we have found who can and will give the recommendations if you qualify. We are very excited!

Peace,
Wendy

Interest high for Arkansas’ fledgling cannabis industry

Read the full story at Talk Business & Politics.

In anticipation of applications and rules for the industry to be finalized, there has been a crescendo of interest from all areas of the state’s fledgling medical marijuana industry, said Storm Nolan, spokesman for the Arkansas Cannabis Industry Association (ACIA).

He said ACIA is planning a number of seminars on the legal cannabis industry, ranging from sessions on marijuana extraction for non-smoking purposes and educational meetings for patients and the medical field to conferences on insurance bonding, physical security and cash-handling for the retail side of the business.

Two Arkansas cities order medical-marijuana moratoriums; temporary bans raise legal questions

Read the full article at ArkansasOnline.

Two Arkansas cities have imposed months-long bans on medical-marijuana facilities, a test of local control as prospective growers and sellers prepare to vie for state licenses beginning June 30.

Siloam Springs’ Board of Directors on Tuesday adopted a 180-day moratorium on medical-pot businesses with a unanimous vote that came two weeks after Hot Springs city directors passed a similarly worded 90-day ban.

The cities’ decisions to not offer local business licenses to dispensaries and cultivation facilities could reverberate for longer than their bans because potential businesses have just 90 days to apply for a limited number of state licenses. Siloam Springs’ moratorium would extend well beyond the state’s Sept. 18 deadline to submit applications.

“That really takes that whole city out of contention, doesn’t it,” Storm Nolan, co-founder of the Arkansas Cannabis Industry Association, said of the Northwest Arkansas border city.

Arkansas Medical Marijuana Patient Card Physician Certification Forms Now Available

The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) has just published the medical marijuana patient card physician certification form.

This is the form that will be completed by your physician if you have a qualifying condition and wish to receive a medical marijuana card.

Once your physician has completed the form, you will upload it to the ADH website or mail it to them.

Click here to download.

Once your physician has completed the form, it can be submitted to the ADH by mail or in an online form, which is not available on the ADH site until later in June.

Mailing address:

Arkansas Department of Health

4815 W. Markham, Slot 50

Little Rock, AR 72205

If you would like a paper application you can call 501-682-4982 and request it.  The paper application will come with very explicit instructions.  However, once the link goes live on the 30th, the online application process will be really easy, and we think a lot of people will find that to be a preferable way of applying.

Robert Carp Seminar: How to Win a Cannabis Business License in Arkansas

Content provided by Robert Carp, Esq.

Are You Thinking of Applying For a Cultivation License or Dispensary License?

This is a seminar you CAN’T miss. 

On June 26th, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. we will be holding a seminar for people interested in applying for a dispensary or cultivation license and WANT TO WIN!

Come to the seminar given by the man who wrote the book!

Robert Carp, Esq., is a Harvard trained government scientist who wrote the book on Marijuana Business Licensing.  He has won hundreds of licenses for applicants, and is considered the industry’s leading advisor on preparing cannabis applications.   The book, available on Amazon or his website, retails for $249.95.    This 400 page book provides bullet proof answers to every question you’ll find on any cannabis related application, especially Arkansas.

The Arkansas Cannabis Industry Association is hosting the seminar, and in cooperation with Carp Law Offices, LLC. has reduced the usual price of the seminar by half.   For $295 you’ll get the Licensing Guide, and a seat at the seminar (9:30-1 p.m.) that will go over all of the tricks of writing a winning application. 

 

Can you afford to miss this?  Not if you want to learn all of the important scoring metrics and answers you need to have to win!

Visit www.marijuanabusinessoperations.com to register today!

Location:

Comfort Inn & Suites Presidential
707 Interstate 30, Little Rock, AR 72202

Medical Marijuana Testing Seminar – featuring Steep Hill & FAST Labs

Are you thinking about applying for a medical marijuana dispensary or cultivation facility license in Arkansas?

Brandon Thornton with Steep Hill, Kyle Felling with F.A.S.T. Laboratories, and the Arkansas Cannabis Industry Association are hosting a seminar to discuss everything related to medical marijuana testing in the State of Arkansas. Both companies plan on offering medical cannabis testing to future Arkansas cultivation facilities and dispensaries.

Please join us Tuesday, June 20th, from 6pm to 7pm.

RSVP at the Facebook event page or by emailing Info@ARcannabis.org

Agenda

  • Need for MMJ testing, patient care, and consequences of bad product – Brandon
  • Steep Hill Labs information – Brandon
  • Testing methods, equipment, and sampling – Kyle
  • F.A.S.T. Laboratories information – Kyle
  • Questions & Answers – Brandon and Kyle

Medical Cannabis Testing for Dispensaries and Cultivation Facilities

Tuesday, June 20th
6:00pm to 7:00pm
Comfort Inn & Suites Presidential
707 Interstate 30, Little Rock, AR 72202

No charge – our goal is to educate prospective applicants in the Arkansas medical marijuana industry.

About F.A.S.T. Laboratories and Kyle Felling

Kyle W. Felling, Ph.D. is the Owner/Laboratory Director of Felling Analytical Services and Technology (F.A.S.T.), LLC.

He is an inorganic/analytical chemist with extensive industrial and academic laboratory experience. He brings expertise in gas chromatography, liquid chromatography, mass spectrometric methods, spectrophotometric, as well as many other chemical/physical analytical techniques.  He also has extensive experience in project and business management. In addition to forming F.A.S.T. Laboratories, Kyle serves as the environmental laboratory manager for a leading energy company (7 years). Earlier, he was a professor at the South Dakota School of Mines (3 years) and at the University of Central Arkansas (5 years) where he ran successful research laboratories in addition to his teaching responsibilities. Prior to these professional stints, he also served a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Alabama.  In these roles, Kyle has been involved in research involving new material/product development, technical services, quality assurance/control, and analytical method development and validation.

Kyle has published a number of research papers and received research funding in the areas of inorganic/analytical chemistry focusing in areas of fluorine chemistry, analytical separations, and the energy industry. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the American Chemical Society. Kyle holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in inorganic chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Hendrix College.

Kyle W. Felling, Ph.D. – Owner/Laboratory Director – F.A.S.T. Laboratories

About Steep Hill Labs and Brandon Thornton

Brandon Thornton, Co-Owner & CEO of Steep Hill Arkansas, is also the Vice President of Pharmacy Operations for Custom Pharmacy Solutions in Birmingham, AL. He previously served as the Director of Pharmacy Operations for CHD Meridian Healthcare in Nashville, TN. He received a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from McWhorter School of Pharmacy at Samford University and is licensed to practice pharmacy in seven states, including Arkansas. He is a member of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians and resides in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Steep Hill Labs, Inc. is the world’s leading cannabis science and technology company with extensive expertise in lab testing, remote testing, genetics, R&D, and the licensing of our intellectual property to strategic partners across the globe. No other cannabis company brings each of these areas of expertise into one highly synergistic whole.  Steep Hill’s foundation was built on testing and analyzing medical and recreational marijuana to ensure compliance with public safety standards.  In 2008, Steep Hill opened the first commercial cannabis lab in the United States and the company has been on the cutting edge since its inception. Steep Hillis expanding throughout the United States, and globally. With the goal of helping the rest of the world adopt “best practices” in cannabis testing, the company also provides expert consulting services to legislators and regulators in many countries, states and municipalities around the world.

Brandon Thornton, Ph.D. – CEO – Steep Hill Arkansas

 

Updates from the June 6th Medical Marijuana Commission Meeting

All commissioners were present.

Edward Armstrong, the Director of the Arkansas Office of State Procurement, advised the commissioners on the best practices for putting together a merit-based procurement process. He’s advocating a 0 to 5 grading scale, with 5 being excellent and 0 being irrelevant or blank. He presented the commissioners with a document expounding on the distinctions for each score. He says that every score given should have a rational basis. They then average the score for each of the evaluators, in this case, the Arkansas Medical Marijuana commissioners.

Joel DiPippa, attorney for the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration,  reiterated that the individual scores from each of the MMC commissioners cannot be discussed as a group. Joel also added that utilizing a clear scoring rubric, like the one suggested by Mr. Armstrong, will help make more more consistent scoring among the commissioners.

The discussion turned to application page limits. Joel DiPippa said that the range from other states ranged from no limit to very succinct. Very few of the other states declined to set a limit on the number of pages in an application. Commissioner Dr. Carlos Roman advocated for a page limit from 20 – 25 pages. Chairwoman Dr. Ronda Henry Tillman also advocates for a similar page limit along with references inside of the application to the attached addenda. Multiple commissioners stated that a good application will include clear references to the included addenda, such as a table of contents. The consensus was on a 25-page limit to the application along with unlimited addenda. The commissioners stated that they will read every page of the application, but it will be up to their discretion as to whether or not they choose to read an additional attachment.

The discussion turned to point allocations within the application documents. Commissioner James Miller advocated for grading each application schedule as a whole. Joel DiPippa then advocated for breaking down the schedules into sub-scores to help prevent subjectivity in scoring. Commissioner Roman also advocated for keeping the scoring at a higher level per application schedule. Travis Story is also in favor of scoring like that from the State of Connecticut, which keeps scoring as a higher level. Commissioner Dr. Stephen Carroll voiced his support of sub-section scoring, but he was the only one.

Attorney Mary Robin Casteel, interim director of the Arkansas Beverage Control, reiterated that the notices for applications being available are due on June 20th. The application period will begin on June 30th and will then run for 90 days. Her main point was that the time for finalizing these applications is now.

Still on the topic of breaking down scoring for sub-sections, Joel DiPippa recommended that each commissioner assign a point value to each of the five sub-sections in Schedule 2, which they’ve already agreed is worth 50% of the points on the application.

For dispensaries who opt not to grow, applicants will need to disclose that fact in Schedule 1. The same application will apply to both dispensaries who intend to grow and those who do not. Dispensaries who opt not to grow can change that election only with further approval from the MMC. Schedule 2.a. is the unknown on how points will be awarded to dispensaries who opt not to grow. Dispensaries who do not grow will not be penalized in the scoring compared to growing and/or processing dispensaries.

Schedule 6.b. clarification – ownership by minorities, veterans, or women must be 51% of the entity. The ownership among the three categories is not cumulative to meet the bonus requirement.

Application formatting – 12 points, single-spaced, 1-inch margins, front-side only – Times New Roman font recommended.

The commission opted not to put a deadline on the scoring of applications.

The state RFP for the seed-to-sale tracking system will be complete soon, according to DiPippa.

There are no future meetings scheduled.

Processor, transporter, and distributor licenses will be handled sometime in the future, possibly July or August.

Cultivation Facility & Dispensary Application Scoring Breakdown:

  • Schedule 1 – 10%
    • Qualifications of Applicant
  • Schedule 2 – 50% total
    • Ability to Operate a Cultivation Facility in Compliance with Applicable Laws, Rules, and Regulations
      • 2a. – 14%
        • Ability to manufacture approved medical marijuana products
          • (15, 12, 10, 20 – individual scores – ts, sc, rh, jm, cr)
      • 2b. – 8%
        • Ability to comply with the construction specifications
          • (8, 8, 10, 10, 5 – individual scores)
      • 2c. – 9%
        • Ability to comply with the security and storage requirements
          • (10, 10, 10, 15, 5 – individual scores)
      • 2d. – 10%
        • Ability to comply with the requirements for packaging medical marijuana
          • (5, 10, 20, 5, 15 – individual scores)
      • 2e. – 9%
        • Ability to comply with the requirements  for the transportation of medical marijuana
          • (12, 10, 10, 10, 5 – individual scores)
  • Schedule 3 – 20%
    • Operations Plan
      • Business Plan – 16%
      • Estimated Timeline – 4%
  • Schedule 4 – 10%
    • Financial Disclosure
  • Bonus – 10% total
    • Schedule 5 – 2.5%
      • Bonus – Affiliation with a Doctor
    • Schedule 6
      • Bonus – Economic Impact and Diversity
        • 6a. – 2.5%
        • 6b. – 2.5%
    • Schedule 7 – 2.5%
      • Bonus – Community Benefit

Motions Passed:

  • Applications will be limited to 25 pages along with unlimited addenda that will be clearly cited within the application.
  • The scoring of Schedules 2 and 3 will be broken down into sub-sections.
  • The scoring of the sub-sections of Schedule 2 will be broken down as listed above.
  • The scoring of the sub-sections of Schedule 3 will be broken down as listed above.
  • Schedule 6.b. – ownership by a minority group must be 51% of the entity.
  • The dispensary application is finalized.
  • Required application format will be single-spaced lines.

Pharmacology University to Hold CLE Medical Cannabis Seminar June 25th in Fayetteville

Update: The State of Arkansas has decided at this point not to award CME credits for this seminar.

Pharmacology University, an international educational institution, announces seminars for training and education in Medical Cannabis for the general public; with continuing education credits for doctors and lawyers in Arkansas.

Click here to enroll – proceeds go only to Pharmacology University, not ACIA

Pharmacology University is an international educational institution which inspires education as a catalyst of the development in the progress of Medical Cannabis.  Its primary function in the State of Arkansas is to educate the general public and professionals about the recently approved Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment also known as Issue 6, as well as the creation of future Medical Cannabis programs, providing training and certifications to everyone interested in being part of the Medical Cannabis industry. “After successful Medical Cannabis courses in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico we are very excited about bringing our educational programs to the state of Arkansas”– as stated by Henry Levinski, National Director of Operations, Pharmacology University.

As part of our educational mission, we will offer a seminar aimed at doctors, lawyers, and the general public, promoting the use of this medical alternative in a safe and legal manner, ensuring high quality standards. It is very important to mention that for those physicians and lawyers interested, these seminars will count as continuing education credits for both professions. In the specific case of Physicians, the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education has approved six (6) CME Category 1 credits in continuing education. In regard to the legal field, certification credits are available for Board Certified Lawyers and Legal Professionals, The Arkansas State Bar has approved six and a half (6.5) credits in CLE continuing education credits.

Furthermore, this seminar will provide useful and relevant information for professionals, patients, caregivers, families, and community members to understand different aspects of the medical cannabis use. According to the Arkansas Medical Amendment the qualifying conditions for Medical Cannabis are as follows:

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Hepatitis C
  • ALS
  • Tourette’s Syndrome
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • PTSD
  • Severe Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Intractable pain
  • Severe Nausea
  • Seizures

It should be noted that in the full health plan of cannabis, 16 (sixteen) diseases are included. In this specific case, we have presented only 6 (six) in the State of Arkansas. Information related to these diseases and the amount of patients show the following numbers:

  • According to the Center for the Control and Prevention of Diseases 13,000 patients are suffering from Cancer;
  • A study published in the Edition Arthritis & Rheumatism states that 675,300 patients suffer from Arthritis;
  • According to the Center for the Control and Prevention of Diseases 36,000 patients in Arkansas have Hepatitis C;
  • According Alzheimer’s Statistics Arkansas Institution 54,000 patients suffer with Alzheimer’s disease and is projected to increase by 7.4% by 2020;
  • In the case of mental disorders (including Tourette’s Syndrome, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, ect.) The National Alliance of Mental Illness informed that a number of 222,000 patients suffer from mental disorders in Arkansas;
  • There are 4,482 patients suffering from HIV/AIDS according to the Arkansas Department of Health

Altogether, a total number of 1,004,782 people are suffering in the State of Arkansas from just these six ailments or 35% of the total population and they all deserve medical treatment options and hope to find relief.

Therefore, if we use the national average, that a patient of Medical Cannabis in the United States spends $ 388 a month for 12 months of the year and then multiply by 1.0 million patients, Arkansas would be faced with the reality that medicinal revenues would be a little more than 4.6 billion dollars annually.

Clearly, 1.0 million patients will not rush to visit a dispensary so in our projections, we only apply 10% or 100 thousand patients. Based on the national average set by the latest research / studies by the Mayo Clinic and NORML, a patient would need or would consume an average amount of 2 oz monthly of cannabis flower, or 7 grams monthly of oil / concentrated cannabis.

Using 100 thousand patients spending $388/month, only in the 1st year, Dispensaries in Arkansas will receive an average attendance of 3,125 patients per month with an annual expenditure of $4,656. Dispensaries would gain sales of $14,500,000 dollars annually, which would provide the 32 Dispensaries with total sales of $465,600,000 in the first year of the program. In perspective, it would not be difficult to obtain about 30% of profit or $4,350,000 dollars a year per Dispensary or $139,200,000 combined.

We see that Arkansas would need to grow a minimum of 150,000 pounds annually. Based on all this information, the Arkansas Department of Health is only permitting 5 wholesale cultivation centers, however the dispensaries are allowed to grow 50 plants, each with a proper license. Please understand that for each plant it requires 20 sqft. to fully grow. So, based on the average yield of 12 oz of flower per plant this would require 200,000 plants per year to achieve the 150,000 pounds required. Therefore, each cultivation center would have to grow 10,000 plants per cultivation cycle, in other words, 7,500 pounds of flower per cycle of crop or 30,000 lbs. per year per cultivation center; taking us back to an industry that promises to reward Arkansas in its first year with $300 million in sales.

Currently, it is no secret, and less than a simple speculation that Medical Cannabis is an effective and less harmful treatment to relieve patients suffering from debilitating conditions. Also, this medicine is not limited to improving the quality of life of the patient, it is a less expensive and more accessible treatment. For this reason, there are more and more physicians who are getting licensed to recommend this alternative medicine to their patients. However, several professionals have expressed concern and a feeling of uncertainty for not having sufficient knowledge in this subject; conflict arises as a result of many years of erroneous theories and perceptions about cannabis. Precisely, the extensive need for information is the main reason for us to specialize as a company to offer these educational seminars about Medical Cannabis.

Nevertheless, it should be noted that in such challenging times for our country, a collective effort is required to improve and without a doubt, this emerging industry represents a stimulus to the economy with the development of businesses, new jobs and substantial economic benefits for the State’s budget. Despite the resistance that some sectors may show, knowledge is necessary to assess this issue objectively, without bias, using critical thinking. As part of the process, it is also necessary to meet the training and licensing required to be responsibly prepared. For this reason, we invite you to be part of the first seminars we will offer in Arkansas. During our symposium, we will cover topics such as legal aspects, the history of cannabis, chemistry and science of cannabis, the process of oil extraction, licensing and investment, good cultivation practices, regulations and legal aspects, as well as concepts of dispensary and “dispensary technician”. This seminar will be held on Sunday, June 25th of 2017; we will begin at 10:00 a.m. and conclude at 7:00 p.m. The seminar will take place at the Hilton Garden Inn Fayetteville, located at 1325 N Palak Drive, Fayetteville, AR. Basic fee will be $350.00, which includes lunch, course and certificate. The VIP registration fee will be $400.00, includes all of the above in the basic registration and a book with the material to take home. In the case of doctors and lawyers interested in taking the course and receive continuing education credits, the tuition fee will be $425.00, which includes the same benefits as the VIP, plus the continuing education credits.

Presently, Pharmacology University is working to educate people of all walks of life regarding the medical cannabis industry in the following states and countries: Texas, Arkansas, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia and soon to be in South Africa.

For more information, please call the numbers (817) 528-2475 or (214) 673-4354. You can also register online at www.pharmacologyuniversity.com.

Agenda

Class Schedule – 06/25/2017

9:30 – 10:00             Student Check-in Begins

10:00 – 10:30           Seats and Introductions

Mr. Phillip High, Director of R&D Medcan Foundation

10:30 – 11:30           History of Cannabis

Mr. Clif Deuvall, President & Founder Waco NORML

11:30 – 11:45           Break

11:45-12:45             Cannabis Industry Laws/Legislation

Mr. Dante Picazo, President & CEO of Medcan Foundation

12:45-1:45               Horticulture

Chris Weatherhogg, Master Grower & Owner Operator of grow facilities in Colorado

1:45-2:45                 Lunch

2:45 – 3:45             Cannabinoids, Medicine and Medical Conditions

Dr. Kenneth Malamud, Ophthalmologist, Member International Association of Cannabinoid Medicine

3:45 – 4:45              Consulting and Investing

Phillip High, Director of R&D Medcan Foundation

4:45-5:00                 Break

5:00-5:30                 Cannabis Case Law

Mr. Nick Novello, 33 Year Active Duty Police Officer

5:30 – 6:30              Chemistry/Extracts

Mr. Phillip High, Director of R&D Medcan Foundation

6:30 – 7:00              Questions and Closing