ARK MED POT PRODUCERS ON SCHEDULE- The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration held a meeting in Little Rock last week to get an update from certified Cannabis Cultivators as to when medical marijuana will be available to patients who are eligible to receive it. KUAR Public Radio Daniel Breen files this report.
"The five groups approved to grow medical marijuana gave updates on their progress. Almost all expect to have their product ready for dispensary shelves by next spring. Commission members voted to delay approval for one cultivator to move its facility until attorney general Leslie Rutledge gives a formal opinion. The cultivator, Delta Medical Cannabis Company was deemed to close Arkansas State University's campus in Newport. State law prohibits growing marijuana near a school but the attorney general is likely to clarify the law by next month. Dispensary applications are currently being scored by an outside group and are expected to be awarded at the commission's next meeting December 19th. "
- Daniel Breen, KUAR News -
Arkansans legalized medical marijuana in the November 2016 general election, approving Amendment 98 to the Arkansas Constitution. The Arkansas Department of Health says of the 6,457 patients approved so far to receive medical marijuana in Arkansas, most have conditions such as: post-traumatic stress disorder and osteoarthritis. The highest number of patients, 31 percent, have intractable pain that’s been unresponsive to traditional treatments including surgery.