ARKANSAS CANNABIS PROGRAM

ARKANSAS

Overview:

The state of Arkansas legalized medical cannabis on November 8, 2016, through a Ballot, Issue 6, which provided a legal way for qualifying patients in the state to obtain, use and possess medical cannabis with a physician’s written certification for the treatment of a state qualifying condition. Access to medical cannabis is through state licensed businesses that are allowed to grow, manufacture, process, transport and sell medical cannabis.

Hemp

Yes

Medical Marijuana

Yes

Adult Use

No

When to Apply

2021

ARKANSAS MEDICAL MARIJUANA LICENSES

Arkansas Medical Marijuana Dispensary: An entity licensed by the Medical Marijuana Commission to acquire, manufacture, process, transport, supply and dispense medical marijuana to qualifying patients and caregivers. The commission will issue no more than 40 dispensary licenses within the 8 identified geographic zones throughout the state. Only 4 dispensaries can operate per county and a dispensary location may not be less than 1,500 ft from a school, church or daycare center. No more than 1 dispensary licenses shall be issued to any entity.

The application fee for a dispensary license is set at $7,500, and applicants must provide proof of assets or a surety bond in the amount of $200,000 and proof of at least $100,000 in liquid assets.

Dispensary License Applications in Arkansas are currently closed. When new licenses are available the Medical Marijuana Commission will notify the public by legal notice.

Arkansas Medical Marijuana Cultivator: An entity licensed by the Medical Marijuana Commission to cultivate, prepare manufacture, process, package, sell and deliver medical marijuana to Arkansas licensed dispensaries. The commission will issue no more than 8 cultivation facility licenses in each public health district. A cultivation facility shall not be less than 3,000 ft from a school, church, or daycare center. No more than 1 cultivation license shall be issued to any entity.

The application fee for a cultivation license is $15,000, and applicants must provide proof of assets or a surety bond of $1,000,000 and proof of at least $500,000 in liquid assets.

Cultivation License Applications are currently closed. When new licenses are available the Medical Marijuana Commission will notify the public by legal notice.

Arkansas Medical Marijuana Processor: An entity licensed by the Medical Marijuana Commission to acquire, possess, prepare, manufacture, process, transport, and supply medical marijuana to an Arkansas licensed dispensary or cultivation facility. The commission does not have any limitation placed on the number of licenses being issued for processors.

The application fee is $5,000 and applicants must submit a performance bond of $100,000. Processor applications are currently being accepted on a rolling basis. Application forms are available on the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission Website.

Arkansas Medical Marijuana Transporter: An entity licensed by the Medical Marijuana Commission to acquire, possess, deliver, transport, or distribute medical marijuana to an Arkansas licensed dispensary, cultivation facility, or processor. The commission does not have any limitation placed on the number of licenses being issued for Transporters.

The application fee is $5,000 and applicants must submit a performance bond of $100,000. Transporter applications are currently being accepted on a rolling basis. Application forms are available on the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission Website.

HOW TO START A MARIJUANA BUSINESS IN ARKANSAS

To obtain a marijuana business license in Arkansas, you will be required to submit an application. As part of the application, you will need the following marijuana business documents:

  • Business Plan
  • Financial Plan to include Application Expenses, Pre-Opening Expenses, and 5 Year Pro Forma
  • Inventory Control Plan
  • Security Plan
  • Recordkeeping Plan
  • Patient/Customer Education Plan

 

Schedule for a complimentary 15-min consult with our licensing/application expert to learn more about how we may be able to assist you.

ARKANSAS MARIJUANA TIMELINE


2016 – Arkansas legalized medical cannabis through Issue 6


2017 – Arkansas licensing period of cannabis businesses


2018 – Arkansas awarded 5 cultivation facilities


2019 – Business Licenses awarded, and first Arkansas Dispensary opened for medical cannabis sales


2020 – Arkansas awards remaining Cultivation licenses, making 8 cultivators approved for business in the state


2021 – Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission began accepting applications for Transporters and Processors

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