Arkansas

Mon
04
Sep

Medical marijuana physicians cropping up in Arkansas

Inside Dr. Tammy Post's medical clinic lobby on Willow Springs Road in Johnson, a silvery wall fountain trickles; beyond the water feature is a spacious suite of examination rooms. Post, a board certified family and osteopathic medical practitioner says she’s interested in alternative medicine but never imagined she would become an advocate for medical marijuana.

“I was one of those doctors that thought marijuana was all the myths we believed about a gateway drug,” she says. “I believed it to be illicit and dangerous, like ecstasy and heroin and cocaine.”

Mon
28
Aug

Medical marijuana industry expected to bring new jobs to Arkansas

A one-man testing lab in Greenbrier is poised to add up to seven employees, spend more than $1 million on equipment and buy several vehicles to capitalize on the coming sale of medical marijuana in Arkansas.

Kyle Felling, the owner of F.A.S.T. Laboratories, is one part of a burgeoning medical marijuana industry that's expected to create hundreds of jobs in Arkansas, according to industry experts and representatives.

"It's for medical use. Typically, the people will be immuno-compromised in some way or they've got some ailment going on, so you've got to make sure that it's safe for people to consume," Felling said of the marijuana. "That's where the laboratory comes in and my company comes in."

Fri
18
Aug

Without Banks, Lawmaker Calls AR Medical Marijuana Business Wild, Wild West

Future medical marijuana growers and sellers in the Natural State can't take their money to the bank, for now, that is.

After doing his homework, the state lawmaker who crafted the new cannabis laws has learned more money, more problems when it comes to doing business without banking assistance. 

"Other states in the earlier times when they started off had a huge cash flow in their economy," said Rep. Doug House, R-North Little Rock. "Warehouses full of cash, people having to pay all of their bills with cash, armored trucks backing up to courthouses to pay taxes. You've got to have a place to take this cash, get it off the streets."

Wed
16
Aug

No One Has Applied to Grow or Dispense Marijuana in Arkansas

After Arkansas legalized medical marijuana last fall, the state government created a deadline this September for people to apply to grow and dispense cannabis products. But according to the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, the state's received zero applications to do either thing, creating doubt about the future of the state's industry.

Fri
11
Aug

Second Arkansas Medical Marijuana Industry Group Formed

A new pro-medical marijuana association has been formed that includes as board members a former Arkansas attorney general and the author of the amendment that brought medical marijuana to the state. It is the second association claiming to represent the state’s upstart medical marijuana industry.

The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Association announced Wednesday it will be the “leading voice for medical marijuana cultivators, distributors and businesses that serve the industry in the Natural State.” The media notice said the group also will be a lobbyist for the industry, educate those in the industry on “best practices,” and work to educate the public about the industry and “the safe use of the drug for medicinal purposes.”

Tue
01
Aug

How Is Arkansas Handling Medical Marijuana?

Oklahoma legislators are looking at how bringing in medical marijuana may impact the state.

In November 2018, Oklahoma voters will have their say. But in 2016, Arkansas voters gave medical marijuana the OK.

Channel 8’s I-team went across state lines to see how Arkansas is handing the new business of medical marijuana.

Mulberry is a town of about 1,700 people that has a main street filled with empty store fronts. The closest stop light is more than 10 miles away. In a place where time moves at a slow pace, a new era is coming with the welcoming of a medical marijuana dispensary.

“My first reaction was, what would the people think?” said Mayor Gary Baxter. “I looked at the state of Arkansas, the majority of people voted for medical marijuana.”

Thu
27
Jul

Watch: Why nobody has applied to grow or sell marijuana in Arkansas


It's been nearly 8 months since Arkansas voters approved the sale of medical marijuana.

Some predicted a "Green rush" for businesses hoping to cash in. FOX13 discovered it may not be that easy to make a buck, and what we learned could possibly delay your chances of obtaining medical marijuana by the end of the year.

As of this week, not a single application to grow or sell medical marijuana has been turned in. Not one.

Beale Street business owner Bud Chittom and a group of investors hired a consultant, pulled the paperwork, and started the process to apply to operate a medical marijuana dispensary. Two weeks later?

"We went to the sidelines," Chittom said.

Thu
20
Jul

Medical Marijuana Means Losing Your Second Amendment Right in Arkansas

Your right to bear arms in Arkansas could be taken away if you apply for a medical marijuana card. According to the Arkansas Department of Health, you can't have both a medical marijuana card and legally own a gun because pot is still illegal on the federal level.

Robert Reed, a Navy Veteran who served his country for 16 year, suffers PTSD along medical conditions which medical marijuana would help.

Reed said, "I will not apply for a med license, and risk my livelihood and my safety."

Tue
04
Jul

Patients fear medical marijuana card could cost them their social security benefits

Some Arkansans still fear getting a medical marijuana I.D. card could impact their social security benefits. Arkansas is accepting applications for medical marijuana for patients, growers, and distributors. But how will the program work? How will the program affect social security benefits?

Chronic pain has taken a toll on Darlene Williams. "I have knots in my neck and it goes up to my head. I get bad migraines and I have peripheral neuropathy which means my arms and my legs hurt, my feet burn," she said.

Mon
03
Jul

Medical marijuana rollout sparks interest among Arkansas entrepreneurs

The state began accepting applications Friday from those wishing to grow and sell marijuana for medical use, but when the drug might make into the hands of patients is still anyone’s guess.

That will depend on how many apply for a limited number of licenses.

The only piece of the timeline set for the birth of this new industry is Sept. 18. By 4:30 p.m. that day, all dispensary and cultivation applications must be hand-delivered to the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Division in Little Rock. Only then will the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission begin reviewing the applications.

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