LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Latest on the establishment of a medical marijuana distribution network in Arkansas: (all times local):
Would-be growers and distributors of Arkansas’ initial medical marijuana crop flooded a state office building, turning in thousands of pages of paperwork and handing over thousands of dollars in application fees.
Applicants faced a three-hour wait ahead of Monday afternoon’s deadline, as their number greatly exceeded the clerks available to review paperwork to ensure it was complete. Those hoping to grow medical marijuana had to pay a $15,000 application fee, while potential distributors paid $7,500. Unsuccessful applicants will have half their money refunded.
Department of Finance and Administration spokesman Scott Hardin said about 300 firms or individuals had submitted applications by the close of business Monday. Arkansas voters last year approved marijuana use by people with certain medical conditions.
The new state Medical Marijuana Commission will review applications after the names of companies and individuals have been redacted and then select up to five growers and 32 distributors.
Would-be growers and distributors of Arkansas’ initial medical marijuana crop have flooded a state office building waiting for their turn to submit applications.
Ahead of Monday afternoon’s deadline, there was about a three-hour wait for applicants at the Department of Finance and Administration Building. Agency spokesman Scott Hardin said that before noon, the office had distributed paperwork to more than 100 groups or individuals. Fewer than half the applicants had been called in for clerks to review paperwork to ensure it was in order.
Voters last year approved marijuana use by people with certain medical conditions. A state commission will review applications after the names of companies and individuals have been removed and then select five growers and 32 distribution sites.
Hardin said applications are averaging about 1,000 pages long.