Arkansas aims for early 2019 medical marijuana launch

After a monthslong delay due to a court ruling, Arkansas is developing a plan that could result in the state’s medical cannabis program launching in early 2019, a state official said Tuesday.

Scott Hardin, communications director at the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, told Marijuana Business Daily that regulators could award five cultivation licenses as soon as July 9 and the product could be on the shelf in the first few months of 2019.

Meanwhile, the state’s Medical Marijuana Commission voted Monday to explore hiring an independent third party to review what are now 227 pending dispensary applications, a move aimed at alleviating public concerns about the process. >>>

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