Arkansas to Initially Grant Five Marijuana Cultivation Licenses
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- On Dec. 20, 2016, the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission voted to initially grant five marijuana cultivation licenses, awarding one license for each of the state’s public health regions, as reported by KUAR .
On Dec. 20, 2016, the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission voted to initially grant five cannabis cultivation licenses, awarding one license for each of the
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On Dec. 20, 2016, the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission voted to initially grant five marijuana cultivation licenses, awarding one license for each of the state’s public health regions, as reported by KUAR.
According to the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment of 2016, the AMMC is responsible for licensing between 20 to 40 dispensaries and four to eight cultivation facilities.
When Arkansas passed medical marijuana legalization on Nov. 8, the amendment gave the Arkansas Department of Health 120 days to establish licensing, labeling and testing regulations for the state program.
“Everyone was pretty nervous about meeting that 120-day deadline,” said Dr. Ronda Henry-Tillman, chair of the AMMC, to KATV News. “It’s a lot of work.”
At the meeting on Dec. 20, Dr. Carlos Roman, a member of the AMMC, recommended that the commission visit states with legal marijuana so the AMMC can study facilities in action to inform the regulatory process in Arkansas.
“How do they throw away the waste, you know, if they’re not using it, didn’t get cultivated,” Roman asked. “How does that get disposed of properly without it ending up being diverted?”
The AMMC meets again on Dec. 22 and Dec. 27 to discuss eligibility requirements for licenses and determine the initial number of dispensaries to license in the state.
On Dec. 14, 2016, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration announced a new rule that makes hemp-based cannabidiol a federally illegal substance. Under the new rules, liquid extracts derived from plants of the cannabis genus that contain one or more cannabinoids are now considered a schedule I substance.