Advocates, regulators discuss future of medical marijuana in Arkansas

Potential operators of medical marijuana cultivation facilities and dispensaries came together at a half-day symposium in Little Rock Wednesday to discuss their expectations of what the new industry will be like.

Among the attendees was TV host Montel Williams, who gave the keynote address at the event organized by the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Association. Williams has multiple sclerosis, and has long advocated for medicinal cannabis use. His visit had added significance, since he recently accepted a position on the association’s board.

One hopeful distributor, who didn’t want to be named pending the approval of his license, said applications averaged about 1,000 pages long. 

“The application process was rather intense. We had over a three-and-a-half week process of 18 hours a day, just really in-depth, very in-depth process,” he said. 

The symposium, which was held at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law, came two...

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