The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission moved to tweak the number of medical cannabis dispensaries allowed in each of the state’s eight designated zones Jan. 13, paving the way for regulators to grant the last of the state’s 40 retail licenses.
The 2016 voter-approved constitutional amendment that legalized medical cannabis in Arkansas allowed the state to license a maximum of 40 dispensaries, the news outlet reported, and the Medical Marijuana Commission has since licensed 38 retailers in eight designated zones across the state.
Six of the eight zones have five dispensaries each, but Zone 6, which includes Garland County, and Zone 8 in Southwest Arkansas, only have four retailers each, Arkansas Business reported.
Medical Marijuana Commission Chairman James Miller proposed last week that regulators should add an additional dispensary in each of those two zones, according to the news outlet, and the rule change allowed the commission to consider dispensary applications received in 2017, which were rejected when retail licenses were initially issued.
The commission is expected to issue the final two licenses by March, state spokesman Scott Hardin told Arkansas Business.