A judge is urging officials to find a way to resume evaluating industry applications. That's going to be easier said than done.
All five companies selected by the state had paid the $100,000 licensing fee and posted the $500,000 performance bond needed to receive the licenses.
Arkansas took the first step toward launching its medical marijuana program, as state regulators named the five businesses they intend to license to cultivate cannabis.
The state's Medical Marijuana Commission received 95 applications for cultivation sites and will select no more than five. There are 227 applications for dispensaries.
The appointments announced Wednesday set up a panel that will adopt policies and regulations that each of the elected officials opposed.
The proposed rules detail the process for patients to obtain registry cards for buying medical marijuana, lab testing, and adding qualifying conditions.
In what legalization proponents dismissed as a ploy to defeat their efforts, Rep. Dan Douglas promised to introduce a limited MMJ bill if two initiatives next month fail.