Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission Rejects Issuing Additional Dispensary License
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Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission Rejects Issuing Additional Dispensary License

Regulators also considered closing a loophole in the program’s reciprocity rules at its Sept. 29 meeting.

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October 2, 2020

The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission held a meeting Sept. 29, where it rejected issuing an additional dispensary license and considered closing a loophole in the program’s reciprocity rules, according to an Arkansas Times report.

The commission briefly considered adding a fifth dispensary license in Zone 6, which spans eight counties between Pulaski County and the Oklahoma border, due to rising customer demand, the news outlet reported, but ultimately shot down the idea in a 3-2 vote.

The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission voted in June to release two additional cultivation and four additional dispensary licenses.

Twenty-nine dispensaries are now open in Arkansas, while eight more are working toward becoming operational.

The commission also addressed a loophole in the medical cannabis program’s reciprocity rules at its Sept. 29 meeting, the Arkansas Times reported.

Currently, out-of-state patients can apply for temporary medical cannabis cards in Arkansas, and while Arkansas patients are subject to purchase limits of 2.5 ounces every 14 days, visiting patients are not held to the same limitations, according to the news outlet.

One commissioner suggested that legislators should take up the issue, the Arkansas Times reported, saying, “That’s not a good loophole."