LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Medical marijuana in Arkansas is one step closer to becoming a reality.
Cheila Osborne-Wagnon is living with a dream to open a cultivation facility in the near future.
“I’m hoping to get my foot in the door,” says Osborne-Wagnon. “We’re all interested in knowing exactly what’s going to be expected of the applicants so we can get our applications in order.”
The Texarkana native is one of many in a standing room only meeting Tuesday as the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission discussed key points in how people like Osborne-Wagnon would apply for a license.
The Commission’s Chairwoman Dr. Ronda Henry-Tillman says they decided to delay voting on some rules including how many pages an applicant can submit in their application.
“I think that we should have enough pages where they can describe what they’re trying to present to us but also we don’t want too many pages where you get lost,” says Henry-Tillman.
The board also voted on one grading measure but decided to gather more information from other states that have already adapted medical marijuana policies.
“We’re dealing with patients, we’re dealing with now a medical product. We have to make sure it’s safe for individuals, we have to make sure facilities are doing things they’re supposed to do,” says Henry-Tillman.
If all goes according to plan during the commission’s next meeting which is Tuesday, June 6, at 3:30, the application will open June 30.
“We have some good rules to follow but there’s still a lot of stuff that’s up in the air,” says Osborne-Wagnon.