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Arkansas

Allows Medical marijuana?: Yes

Allows Adult-Use marijuana?: No

2018 Medical Sales : 24,000,000

2022 Projected Medical Sales : 139,000,000

2018 Adult Use Sales : N/A

2022 Projected Adult Use Sales : N/A

Noteworthy Information: 
{{COVID-19 Update: The 21 medical dispensaries in the state continue to operate.}}

Implementation of the medical marijuana program is still ongoing. 

Is there a Regulatory Structure? (State Agency): Yes (The Medical Marijuana Commission oversees cultivators and dispensaries. The Alcoholic Beverage Control agency inspects facilities. The Department of Health issues registry cards for patients.)

# of Dispensaries Allowed (# issued): At least 20 but no more than 40 is required by law. (21 issued)

# of Cultivations Allowed (# issued): At least 4 but no more than 8 allowed. There will initially be 5 licenses (0 issued) [Note: Dispensaries may grow up to 50 plants. Cultivations do not have a specific plant limit]

# of Manufacturers Allowed (# issued): [Manufacturing is allowed for both dispensaries and cultivations]

# of Testing labs Allowed (# issued): Regulations issued by the Department of Health (effective may 8, 2017) create testing requirements but do not address the licensing of testing facilities 

Geographic Distribution of Licenses: The state is divided into eight zones for license distribution. No more than four dispensaries in any one county.

Application Fee: 
Dispensary application fee: maximum of $7,500 (half is returned if rejected)
Cultivation facility application fee: $15,000 (half is returned if rejected)

Licensing Fees: 
Dispensary License fee:$15,000
Cultivation facility licensing fee: $100,000

Residency Requirements: 
60% of individuals with an ownership interest, and whoever submits the application, must have been Arkansas residents for the previous seven consecutive years.

Vertical Integration Allowed, Required or Prohibited: 
“No individual shall own an interest in more than: 
(1) One (1) cultivation facility; and, 
(2) One (1) dispensary.”

Medical Marijuana Qualifying Patient Conditions: 
Cancer
Glaucoma
Positive status for human immunodeficiency virus/ acquired immune deficiency syndrome
Hepatitis C
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Tourette’s syndrome
Crohn’s disease
Ulcerative colitis
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Severe arthritis
Fibromyalgia
Alzheimer’s disease
Cachexia or wasting syndrome
Peripheral neuropathy
Intractable pain which is pain that has not responded to ordinary medications, treatment or surgical measures for more than six (6) months
Severe nausea
Seizures including without limitation those characteristic of epilepsy
Severe and persistent muscle spasms including without limitation those characteristic of multiple sclerosis
and any other medical condition or its treatment approved by the Department of Health

Testing Required: 
Yes

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