Cannabis Cultivation Groups Await Arkansas License Reveal

Cannabis Cultivation Groups Await Arkansas License Reveal

The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission plans to announce the first five groups that will be allowed to legally grow medical cannabis on Tuesday.

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February 27, 2018

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission plans to announce the first five groups that will be allowed to legally grow medical cannabis, but potential growers don’t know what to make of the reveal.

The commission is expected to announce the groups on Tuesday, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported. The reveal is a major step toward getting the drug to qualifying patients after residents approved a state constitutional amendment in 2016 that legalizes medical cannabis.

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The medical marijuana community’s excitement is tempered by uncertainty after the state Supreme Court ruled last month that Arkansas and its agencies can’t be sued in state court, casting doubt on legal options for unsuccessful applicants.

Commissioners reviewed 95 applications for growing centers. The cost just to submit an application is $15,000 and those who get licenses will owe an additional $100,000.

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