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After Weeks of Waiting, Arkansas Receives MMJ Dispensary Applications

August 31, 2017
The medical marijuana system in Arkansas has been moving at a snail’s pace. After opening the door for applications to grow and dispense cannabis on June 30, the state didn’t receive a single one for a month and a half.

The silence, at least, is over. As of yesterday, two would-be dispensaries have applied for licenses, and the state Department of Health has approved nearly 800 medical marijuana registry identification cards. But according to Arkansas news website Talk Business & Politics, the commission has yet to receive any applications to grow the plant.


Arkansas Has Received Zero Applications to Grow or Dispense Medical Cannabis

Applications—the state is accepting bids for five cultivators and up to 32 dispensary operators—must be delivered to the commission by Sept. 18, at which point applicants must submit a $15,000 fee. Applicants must also provide proof of assets or a surety bond in the amount of $1 million, along with proof of at least $500,000 in liquid assets, according to Talk Business.

Despite the small number of applications received, state Rep. Doug House (R-North Little Rock) said he expects a mad rush as the deadline nears. He said he’s had conversations with several investor groups planning to seek cultivation and dispensary licenses.


Arkansas Expecting 20,000-40,000 Medical Marijuana Patient Applications

“I think there is going to be a mad rush on the last day,” House told municipal officials at the Arkansas Association of Counties (AAC) in Little Rock earlier this month.

House has been a supporter of medical marijuana bills in Arkansas. The Republican lawmaker sponsored more than 50 medical marijuana bills approved by the Legislature this spring.


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  • disqus_rNvzfa7d3x

    Those amounts for licensing are for the cultivation licenses not the dispensary licenses.

  • Truepatriot_56

    The buzz here in arkansas is that wal mart and tyson foods are going to be the only growers. What a disaster this issue 6 is. Lets just ditch it and start over. This is a sick joke. We will never have mmj in arkansas.
    Our state politicians are corrupt and greedy. They will never allow this to happen.

    • Urban Skyline Properties

      It’s been around long enough that it shouldn’t be this difficult but they are making it impossible to move forward with what the voters voted for! What a disgrace to the American people.

  • Shona Davies

    Look no more. Visit AnnCannMed for your health prescriptions and medical purchases and feel support talking to licensed physicians. Cannabis makes life so much easier.