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The Drug Policy Education Group has announced that it's filing a proposal for a constitutional amendment with the Secretary of State that would legalize recreational marijuana. The group also said it would submit another proposed amendment that would allow Arkansans who have been convicted of crimes involving less than 16 ounces of marijuana to petition a court for expungement.
Native Green Wellness, 26225 U.S. Hwy. 167 in Hensley, announced Monday that it will open at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 3. The dispensary will be open from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and closed on Sundays, but it will be open on July 7 and 14 to accommodate the large numbers of new patients expected.
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After literally years of foot dragging and application scoring, red tape and hinky-as-hell shenanigans from the state Medical Marijuana Commission, the age of medical cannabis in Arkansas is finally here.
The Arkansas Supreme Court last week reversed Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen's March ruling that declared the state's awarding of five marijuana-cultivation permits null and void, saying the circuit court had no subject-matter jurisdiction in the case.
At least three more groups that were denied cultivation licenses by the state's Medical Marijuana Commission have filed lawsuits challenging the commission's means of choosing five winners among 95 applicants.
Last week, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen issued a preliminary injunction to prevent the state Medical Marijuana Commission from awarding five permits to companies to cultivate marijuana in the state.
Some, but not all, of the five companies the state has scored as eligible for cannabis cultivation in Arkansas included in their applications estimates of job hires and financial impact. Companies estimate hires between 25 and 60; two estimate payrolls will exceed $1 million.
Natural State Medicinals, Bold Team LLC, Natural State Wellness Enterprises, Osage Creek Cultivation and Delta Medical Cannabis Company Inc. were the five companies awarded permits to grow medical cannabis by the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission on Tuesday.
Questions raised by Governor Hutchinson about whether regulations for industrial hemp research conflict with federal law and other queries have apparently slowed progress toward the implementation of the Arkansas Industrial Hemp Act.
To gauge the perceived public health benefits of medical marijuana, researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences will conduct a groundbreaking five-year-long survey that could pave the way for understanding cannabis' effect on health.