LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (News release) - Final draft rules covering the inspection and operation of medical marijuana facilities in Arkansas will be published in statewide newspapers, starting Saturday, March 4th and running through Monday, March 6th. The publication marks the start of the formal public comment period, which under Arkansas law must run for at least 30 days.
The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment, which was adopted by voters in November, delegated responsibility for the operation of medical marijuana dispensaries and cultivation facilities to the Alcoholic Beverage Commission. The ABC has now drafted rules which govern how medical marijuana can be bought, sold and produced in the Natural State. Those rules also govern inspection of medical marijuana facilities and enforcement of rule violations.
Public notice of the rules and the public comment period are required under the Arkansas Administrative Procedures Act. In addition to the ABC, rules dealing with medical marijuana have also been drafted by the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission and the Arkansas Department of Health.
Written comments can be mailed to ABC, c/o Alcoholic Beverage Control Administration, 1515 Building 7th Street, Ste. 503, Little Rock, Arkansas 72201, or submitted via email to ABCAdmin@dfa.arkansas.gov. The ABC, in conjunction with the Medical Marijuana Commission, will hold a joint public hearing on the draft rules on March 31, 2017, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the UALR Bowen School of Law.