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Signature gathering to begin on constitutional amendment to legalize recreational marijuana in Arkansas

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 to open July 3 in Hensley

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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Patients impatient for the arrival of edibles in Arkansas: Feed thyself

We got buds in the oven.

Marijuana commission approves location and ownership changes for dispensaries

At Wednesday afternoon’s meeting of the state Medical Marijuana Commission, commissioners approved changes in location for three dispensaries and changes of ownership for four dispensaries.

Rx pot available from 2nd grower; another dispensary to open

Natural State Medicinals of White Hall announced today that it is now supplying medical marijuana to Doctor's Orders RX in Hot Springs.
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What it's like to smoke Arkansas-grown medical marijuana

We sampled indica and sativa strains.
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A visit to Arkansas’s first two medical cannabis dispensaries, in Hot Springs

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.

Native Green Wellness Center hopes to educate community about medical marijuana

The owners of Native Green Wellness, located about 19 miles south of Little Rock at 26225 U.S. Hwy. 167 in Hensley, expect to open their medical marijuana dispensary by the first of June.

BOLD Team will harvest first medical marijuana in Arkansas

A tour of its facility in Woodruff County.

Still without weed in Arkansas

But it looks like medical marijuana will finally roll in.

Cannabis list stays at 18

Dispensaries talk about opening dates.

Ruling kicks permits back to commission

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.

More challenges

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.

'Null and void'

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.

Votes challenged

Pot Rx panel sued

The first lawsuit over the state Medical Marijuana Commission›s scoring of the top five applicants for cultivation permits under the new medical marijuana law was filed Tuesday.

Growers and $$

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.

Growers named

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.

Hemp hurdles

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.

Cannabis study

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.