Arkansas Medical Marijuana Licensing: A Timeline | Arkansas Business NewsPosted by On


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A brief overview of the formation and early years of Arkansas’ medical marijuana industry. Depositions in a medical marijuana lawsuit shed more light on the state’s process for awarding medical marijuana licenses.

Voters are deciding now whether to approve an amendment that would allow existing medical marijuana businesses access to the production and sale of recreational marijuana.


November 2016 – Seeds of an Industry

Arkansans vote 53% in favor of a constitutional amendment to legalize medicinal marijuana in Arkansas, Amendment 98. Passage spurs a rush to acquire cultivation and dispensary licenses from the state through a newly formed Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission, which goes on to award eight cultivation licenses and 38 dispensary licenses.


(From left) Dr. Ronda Henry-Tillman of Little Rock, Dr. Stephen J. Carroll of Benton, Travis W. Story, attorney in Fayetteville, Dr. J. Carlos Roman of Little Rock and James Miller of Bryant, a lobbyist and former legislative chief for Gov. Mike Beebe.

December 2016 – The Commish

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and legislative leaders name the state’s first medical marijuana commissioners: Dr. Ronda Henry-Tillman of Little Rock, Dr. Stephen J. Carroll of Benton, attorney Travis W. Story of Fayetteville, Dr. J. Carlos Roman of Little Rock and James Miller of Bryant, a lobbyist and former legislative chief for Gov. Mike Beebe (see photo above).


June 2017 – 3,000-Page Applications

The state starts accepting applications for cultivation and dispensary licenses, setting a deadline for all documents to be…

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