Arkansas regulators have introduced that they’ve formally awarded all 32 licenses for hashish dispensaries that may function beneath the state’s medical marijuana program. Officials on the Department of Finance and Administration stated on Tuesday that each one 32 licensees accredited final month paid the required $15,000 licensing charge and have posted a $100,000 efficiency bond. Scott Hardin, a spokesman for the division, stated the dispensaries at the moment are approved to start serving sufferers.
“They have completed everything required of them, so at this point technically they are licensed,” stated Hardin. “They will receive a formal piece of paper, a license over the next week to make it official, but really at this point, it is simply a matter of how quickly can these 32 companies open their doors for business.”
Hardin stated that a number of the authorised dispensaries have already begun development and ought to be open as quickly as this spring.
“You have some companies that were in anticipation of a license, hopeful anticipation, were proactively getting their facilities ready, so some of those, we think, could be open as early as April,” he stated. “We think it would be a very limited number. We think it’s really going to start taking off in the summer.”
MMJ ID Cards On the Way
The division additionally introduced on Tuesday that the state has begun distributing medical marijuana identification playing cards to sufferers which were accredited for this system. The playing cards have an efficient date of February 15 and can be required for sufferers to make purchases on the newly licensed hashish dispensaries. The division had deliberate to problem them as soon as dispensaries have been ready to open, however modified course when officers in neighboring Oklahoma introduced it will permit sufferers with playing cards from different states to buy hashish. Connie Melton, department chief for well being methods, licensing and certification for the state Department of Health, stated on the time that sufferers in Arkansas needed to benefit from that chance.
“Approved patients have called and requested that their card be made available so that they can take advantage of the Oklahoma visiting patient opportunity, and so pending the outcome of the Marijuana Commission meeting next week and the scoring of the dispensaries, the agency anticipates issuing Arkansas Medical Marijuana Registry ID cards within the next 30 days,” Melton stated.
So far, a minimum of one firm licensed by the state to domesticate hashish has already begun to develop crops. Hardin stated that after many delays, the medical marijuana program authorised by voters in 2016 ought to lastly be absolutely operational by summer time.
“This is all hopefully coming together to really see this industry start taking off here in a couple of months. I know it’s been over two years to get to this point, so the frustration is understandable,” Hardin stated. “The good news is we’re finally there and it’s just a matter of time until we can have it and Arkansans can go to that dispensary to get that product.”