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Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission OKs Grow and Sell Rules; Awaits Review From Lawmakers

Rules governing who gets to grow and sell medical marijuana were given final approval by the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission on Tuesday, but must survive a review by lawmakers in order to go into effect on time.

State lawyers have said one new provision — to ensure dispensaries and cultivation facilities are majority-owned by Arkansans — sets up a possible fight with the General Assembly, which rejected a bill with that same goal during this year’s regular session that is now in recess.

The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment — as modified by the Legislature — requires state rules to go into effect by May 8. A delay would result in the state going out of compliance with the constitution.

As it stands, Joel DiPippa, an attorney for the state Department of Finance and Administration, said the application period for dispensaries and cultivation facilities is expected to open July 1 and some marijuana sales could occur before January, with production ramping up around that time. [Read more at ArkansasOnline]

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