When Will Medical Marijuana Be Available in Arkansas?

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FILE – In this Sept. 25, 2018, file photo, a police officer shows buds of marijuana before a news conference Bangkok, Thailand. The National Legislative Assembly on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, submitted amendments that would put marijuana and the plant kratom, popular locally as a stimulant and painkiller, into a legal category that would allow […]

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Arkansas Times) — While we don’t have an answer to the question posed in the above headline, we’re hoping to get a better idea this upcoming week.

The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission will meet at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Alcoholic Beverage Control Division offices at 1515 W. 7th. This meeting is to be streamed on the web.

The agenda is not set, but spokesman Scott Hardin said no public comment period is anticipated. The commission is expected to address issues raised at a recent public comment session. Many comments addressed the delay  in delivering medical marijuana to the public two years after voter approval.

Cultivation permits have been awarded and facilities are under construction. A consultant is reviewing applications for dispensary permits. Recent predictions have indicated medical marijuana could be available by the end of the first quarter of 2020.

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