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Arkansas medical cannabis patient counter:

Patient Counter

Source: Arkansas Department of Health, as of 2017-08-04.

Source: Arkansas Department of Health, as of 2017-09-15. See chart.


Right now is an exciting time for the burgeoning medical marijuana industry in Arkansas. The application period for dispensaries and cultivation facilities ended on September 18th, 2017. The 98 cultivation facility and 224 dispensary applications are currently in the hands of the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission, and the successful licensees have not been announced yet.

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Upcoming events:

September 21st (Thursday) – Little Rock

Arkansas Cannabis Mixer (Post-Application)

October 28th (Saturday) – Jonesboro

Medical Cannabis Patient Symposium. More info coming soon.

November 18th (Sunday) – Little Rock

Medical Cannabis Presentation at the Little Rock Main Library

From 12-2pm, the Central Arkansas Library System is hosting an event to educate Little Rock area residents about medical cannabis. ACIA will be there answering questions. A representative from the Arkansas Department of Health will also be there speaking about qualifying conditions and the logistics of registering. More info coming soon.

December 6-7 (Wednesday & Thursday) – Little Rock

Ark-La-Tex Cannabis Business Expo at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock

Resources

If you are interested in applying for a medical marijuana dispensary or cultivation facility license in the State of Arkansas, this is the relevant information:

Business Types:

Governing Bodies:

Business Types:

Dispensaries

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

Dispensary License Application

Application Advisory Memorandum I

Application Advisory Memorandum II

Application Rules and Regulations – MMC

Operating Rules and Regulations – ABC

Dispensary Zone Map – showing the eight dispensary geographic zones (four dispensaries will be awarded for each zone)

Surety Bond Pre-Approval for Dispensary Applicants

Performance Bond for Dispensaries

Arkansas State Police Background Check Instructions and Application

Cultivation Facilities

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

Cultivation Facility License Application

Application Advisory Memorandum I

Application Advisory Memorandum II

Application Rules and Regulations – MMC

Operating Rules and Regulations – ABC

Surety Bond Pre-Approval for Cultivation Facility Applicants

Performance Bond for Cultivation Facilities

Arkansas State Police Background Check Instructions and Application

Distributors

Act 642 of the 91st General Assembly modified the Amendment by creating licensure for distributors, transporters, and processors. Act 642 gave the MMC power to create rules for licensure. As of August 11th, 2017, the MMC has not promulgated these rules. Please continue to monitor mmc.arkansas.gov for updates on these licenses. 

 

Transporters

Act 642 of the 91st General Assembly modified the Amendment by creating licensure for distributors, transporters, and processors. Act 642 gave the MMC power to create rules for licensure. As of August 11th, 2017, the MMC has not promulgated these rules. Please continue to monitor mmc.arkansas.gov for updates on these licenses.

Processors

Act 642 of the 91st General Assembly modified the Amendment by creating licensure for distributors, transporters, and processors. Act 642 gave the MMC power to create rules for licensure. As of August 11th, 2017, the MMC has not promulgated these rules. Please continue to monitor mmc.arkansas.gov for updates on these licenses.

Governing Bodies:

Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission (MMC)

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

MMC Rules and Regulations

Arkansas Beverage Control (ABC)

The body governing dispensary and cultivation facility operations and compliance.

ABC Rules and Regulations

Arkansas Department of Health (ADH)

The body governing medical marijuana patients and products.

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

Online Patient MMJ Card Application – available by June 30th

The ADH has begun accepting applications for registry identification cards for qualifying patients. The cards won’t be issued to patients until 30 days before dispensaries will start carrying medical marijuana (probably in the first quarter of 2018).

To apply, you can download this certification form (or request via mail by calling 501-682-4982) that you can take to your physician (M.D. or D.O.). Your doctor will verify that you have one of the qualifying conditions and complete the certification form. You will then apply for your registry identification form online (where you can upload your scanned certification form) or via mail with the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH). The ADH will process your application within ten business days and will then mail your card to you.

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)
  • Anorexia
  • Anxiety
  • Asthma
  • Autism
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Bulimia
  • Depression
  • Emphysema
  • Insomnia, Chronic
  • Lupus
  • Migraines
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Post-Concussion Syndrome
  • Respiratory Dysfunction / COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
  • Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
  • Sjogren’s Syndrome
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

 

State of Arkansas (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

Our Mission

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.

Our mission has three main components:

  • Education
  • Protecting patients
  • Advocating for the industry

Education

Knowledge is the main limit to the success of the medical cannabis business in Arkansas. The more that patients, physicians, and industry businesses know about medical cannabis, the better off the industry will be.

Patients

We hold patient education seminars in order to teach Arkansans about the science behind medical cannabis, how medical cannabis can treat the current qualifying medical conditions, how to find a physician to write a medical cannabis certification, and how to submit the application for a patient card to the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH).

Physicians

We hold seminars geared towards the healthcare industry (nurses, doctors, and pharmacists) in order to educate them about medical cannabis and how it interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system. Many physicians are hesitant to write medical cannabis certifications for their patients because they don’t understand the medical benefits of the cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant; this has not been taught in medical school. These seminars, which often award CEU credits, are designed to allow healthcare professionals to be able to have informed conversations about medical cannabis with their patients. As a reminder, doctors are not required to prescribe or recommend medical cannabis for their patients, they are just certifying that patients have a listed qualifying medical condition, as recognized by the ADH.

Business License Holders

We hold seminars to educate those who want to join the cannabis industry in Arkansas, in particular, operators of dispensaries and cultivation facilities. We’ve had seminars ranging from taxation, to extraction, to general business operations and security. We want to help industry participants operate better businesses, providing high quality and affordable cannabis to the patients of Arkansas.

Protecting Patients

Patients in Arkansas deserve high quality, safe, and affordable medical cannabis. We aim to promote cannabis product safety by educating our members on proper production, testing, and packaging procedures. We also protect patients by advocating against overly burdensome laws and regulations that would make medical cannabis more expensive in Arkansas. For example, we fought against proposed bills that would have prohibited the sale of cannabis in Arkansas until it becomes legal federally, we fought against bans on smoking cannabis, and we fought against a ban on cannabis edibles, which is often a preferred method of ingestion for the elderly.

We also aim to help patients by working to add additional qualifying conditions to the list recognized by the Arkansas Department of Health. We are working with the Arkansas Drug Policy Education Group on adding conditions known to be effectively treated by medical cannabis including ADD/ADHD, anxiety, bipolar disorder, depressions, migraines, and more.

Advocating for the Industry

We are charged with protecting those in the industry from overly burdensome regulations and laws that would infringe on the rights of patients to access their medical cannabis. We monitor new, proposed legislation and advocate against those that would do harm to the industry. For example, the state added a 4% value-added tax to the sale of cannabis at every step in the process (wholesale, processing, distribution, and retail). The law has a sunset provision, and we will strongly advocate that the tax cease as scheduled to keep medical cannabis as affordable as possible for Arkansas patients.

ACIA Team

Staff

Erin Holland, Association Manager
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Board of Directors

Storm Nolan – President
Adam Grimmett – Vice President
Rob Clock, CPA – Treasurer
Amethyst Lawson – Secretary
Corey Hunt – Chair of Patient Advocacy Committee
Kyle Felling, PhD
Amy Gibbons
Jason Martin – Director of Hemp Advancement
Rodney Jackson
Adeeb Khaleel
Bradley Phillips
Robbin Rahman, JD
Eric Ryan
Melissa Taliaferro, MD
Jill Theil
Brandon Thornton, PharmD

Team Members

Baron Crane
Steve Johnson – Co-Chair of Patient Advocacy Committee

Next Board Meeting

To be determined

Previous Board Meetings

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017
Minutes coming soon

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017
Agenda
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Tuesday, August 15th, 2017
Agenda
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Monday, August 7th, 2017
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Tuesday, July 11th, 2017
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