Allows Medical marijuana?: Yes
Allows Adult-Use marijuana?: No
2018 Medical Sales : 24,000,000
2022 Projected Medical Sales : 139,000,000
2018 Adult Use Sales : N/A
2022 Projected Adult Use Sales : N/A
Noteworthy Information: In March 2018, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen ruled in that the cultivation licensing process violated a state constitutional amendment that voters approved in 2016, legalizing marijuana for certain patients. The ruling effectively suspended the launch of Arkansas' medical marijuana program. In April 2018, state officials announced the commission would stop reviewing dispensary applications in response to the ruling. The Arkansas Supreme Court heard oral arguments June 7, 2018 and it is uncertain when they would rule. Qualified registered patients are allowed to purchase up to 2.5 ounces from a dispensary every 14 days.
Is there a Regulatory Structure? (State Agency): Yes (The Medical Marijuana Commission oversees cultivators and dispensaries. The Alcoholic Beverage Control agency inspects facilities. The Department of Health issues registry cards for patients.)
# of Dispensaries Allowed (# issued): At least 20 but no more than 40 is required by law; 32 will be issued initially (0 issued)
# of Cultivations Allowed (# issued): At least 4 but no more than 8 allowed. There will initially be 5 licenses (0 issued) [Note: Dispensaries may grow up to 50 plants. Cultivations do not have a specific plant limit]
# of Manufacturers Allowed (# issued): [Manufacturing is allowed for both dispensaries and cultivations]
# of Testing labs Allowed (# issued): Regulations issued by the Department of Health (effective may 8, 2017) create testing requirements but do not address the licensing of testing facilities
Geographic Distribution of Licenses: The state is divided into eight zones for license distribution. No more than four dispensaries in any one county.
Dispensary application fee: maximum of $7,500 (half is returned if rejected)
Cultivation facility application fee: $15,000 (half is returned if rejected)
Dispensary License fee:$15,000
Cultivation facility licensing fee: $100,000
60% of individuals with an ownership interest, and whoever submits the application, must have been Arkansas residents for the previous seven consecutive years.
Vertical Integration Allowed, Required or Prohibited:
"No individual shall own an interest in more than:
(1) One (1) cultivation facility; and,
(2) One (1) dispensary."
Medical Marijuana Qualifying Patient Conditions:
Positive status for human immunodeficiency virus/ acquired immune deficiency syndrome
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Cachexia or wasting syndrome
Intractable pain which is pain that has not responded to ordinary medications, treatment or surgical measures for more than six (6) months
Seizures including without limitation those characteristic of epilepsy
Severe and persistent muscle spasms including without limitation those characteristic of multiple sclerosis
and any other medical condition or its treatment approved by the Department of Health
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Legality of cannabis in the United States
Leary v. United States (1969)
Ravin v. State (1975)
Conant v. McCaffrey (2000)
Gonzales v. Raich (2005)
Moncrieffe v. Holder (2013)