The state Medical Marijuana Commission announced today that it will postpone a meeting on the grading of applications for dispensaries until Jan. 9.

Said a news release:


The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission (MMC) today announced the Wednesday, December 19 meeting at which dispensary scores were to be announced has been rescheduled for January 9. This will provide newly appointed Commissioners adequate time to receive briefings on all matters related to the MMC. Additionally, Public Consulting Group’s medical director was unable to attend tomorrow’s meeting but confirmed his attendance on January 9.

A new member, Benton Police Capt. Kevin Phillips, was appointed yesterday by Senate President Jonathan Dismang to succeed Dr. Carlos Roman on the commission. An appointment also will be made to succeed James Miller, who resigned his seat with two years remaining on the five-member body. His replacement hasn’t been named.

Voters approved medical marijuana in November 2016. Enabling legislation was passed in 2017. The commission has awarded five permits for cultivation facilities and will award up to 32 dispensary permits. They can’t operate until a state-grown supply is available. Officials have forecast a spring start to the availability of medical marijuana for accredited patients holding permission from doctors for use of the drug in a range of medical circumstances.