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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 began on June 30th, 2017 and runs for 90 days.

Arkansas medical cannabis patient counter:

205

Source: Arkansas Department of Health, as of 2017-07-21.

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Upcoming events:

July 25th (Tuesday) – Little Rock

July 29th (Saturday) – Fort Smith

August 1st (Tuesday) – Little Rock

August 2nd (Wednesday) – Little Rock

August 7th (Monday) – Little Rock

August 15th (Tuesday) – Little Rock

August 19th (Saturday) – Little Rock

Medical cannabis patient conference with Dr. Uma Dhanabalan of the Total Health Care clinic in Massachusetts. Event co-sponored with Wendy Love Turner with Bulldozer Health. 1-5pm. More info coming soon.

August 20th (Sunday) – Fayetteville

Medical cannabis patient conference with Dr. Uma Dhanabalan of the Total Health Care clinic in Massachusetts. Event co-sponored with Wendy Love Turner with Bulldozer Health. 1-5pm. More info coming soon.

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

News

The State of Medical Marijuana: Legal Update from Erika Ross Gee

This article, written by Wright Lindsey Jennings’ Erika Ross Gee and published in The Arkansas Lawyer, explores the state of medical marijuana in Arkansas following the passage of the Medical Marijuana Amendment of 2016. There have been years of public discussion on both sides of the issue of medical marijuana in Arkansas. Surprising many observers, a ballot measure …

Pharmacist Consultant Seminar for Dispensaries – with Trinity Herbal Compliance & TreeStar Consulting

Are you thinking about applying for a medical marijuana dispensary or cultivation facility license in Arkansas? TreeStar Consulting and Trinity Herbal Compliance are giving a seminar for prospective dispensary applicants about pharmacist consulting. They will talk about what the state requirements are for dispensary owners and the guidance they will provide to budtenders and medical …

CO2 Extraction Seminar – with Apeks Supercritical

Are you thinking about applying for a medical marijuana dispensary or cultivation facility license in Arkansas? Andy Joseph, President of Apeks Supercritical, an industry leader in cannabis processing technology, will educate dispensary and cultivation applicants and patients about CO2 extraction technology. With CO2 as a solvent for cannabis oil extraction, no toxins, heavy metals or hydrocarbon …

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 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 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

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 (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

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.

Board of Directors

Storm Nolan – President
Adam Grimmett – Vice President
Amethyst Lawson – Secretary
Corey Hunt – Chair of Patient Advocacy Committee
Kyle Felling
Amy Gibbons
Rodney Jackson
Adeeb Khaleel
Bradley Phillips
Robbin Rahman
Eric Ryan
Melissa Taliaferro
Jill Theil
Brandon Thornton

Team Members

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

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