Arkansas Will Accept Marijuana Applications Friday

Patients, growers, and prospective dispensary owners can apply Friday to state officials in Arkansas to join the state’s brand new medical marijuana program.

Arkansas voters approved medical marijuana in the state last year. Since then the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission (AMMC), under the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Administration, was established to organize the program and work out its details.

Arkansas officials said they expect 20,000 to 40,000 patients to apply for a medical marijuana registration card. Those cards will cost $50 so even if 30,000 apply, the registration fee will cover the $1.5 million officials have said it will cost to run the marijuana program there.

The AMMC will also begin accepting applications Friday for “cultivation” facilities, or marijuana grow operations. The AMMC will issue only five licenses but can also issue less than that number if “an insufficient number of qualified applicants” meet the September 18 application deadline.

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