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State licenses for marijuana growing set at 5

First applications still months away

By John Moritz

This article was published December 21, 2016 at 5:45 a.m.

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People pack the room where the newly formed Medical Marijuana Commission met Tuesday in Little Rock. The commission, in its second meeting, decided how many cultivation centers to license for growing marijuana for medical use.

The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission voted Tuesday to allow as many as five cultivation facilities in the state once rules about growing, processing and distribution of the drug are finalized.

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Testingonetwothree says... December 21, 2016 at 7:48 a.m.

Joel DiPippa, a Department of Finance and Administration attorney who advised the commission, said he would have to check to find out if travel funds were available to the commissioners.

"This is a very public situation and we don't want to misspend or misappropriate any of the public's money," DiPippa said..........

SO if it wasnt so PUBLIC we wouldnt worry about misspending or misappropriating any of the public's money....??????

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caspertherat says... December 21, 2016 at 9:04 a.m.

How about the State of Arkansas use some of that valuable state farm land they own and grow the stuff themselves. Lot's easier to control and no one but the state gets rich off of it.

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drs01 says... December 21, 2016 at 9:19 a.m.

Casper has a great idea....but expand what he suggests by using PRISON farm land....and PRISON INMATES....This approach would have a twofold effect. The state would easily cover the costs of providing the marijuana thereby keeping the tax to the user down. And prisoners would get them a real perk while in jail (grow & use), and perfect OJT (on the job training) for when they are released.

On a more serious note, I would hope the commission will charge a substantial license fee for what appears to be 5-8 instant multi-million dollar businesses. Casino licenses are worth millions (except in Arkansas where we gave away two for nothing). Let's not make the same mistake with marijuana. In several years, it will be available for recreational use in Arkansas/America and that will mean mega millions to growers.

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TravisBickle says... December 21, 2016 at 10:11 a.m.

This being Arkansas, you know the rules will be the most discombobulated, convoluted rules that they can come up with. Like calling it something other than marijuana, i.e., electronic games of skill for slot machines. Green, leafy vegetable matter used for pain relief?!! I've already sampled some of Colorado's finest chocolates and gummies and probably like the edibles better than smoking. If only they would look at the Colorado model and take the best from them instead of trying to appease all the bible thumpers here in the state to water it down. And try not to make it appear as if it's something other than what it is.

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TimberTopper says... December 21, 2016 at 10:52 a.m.

I'm thinking casper might be on to something there. If set up correctly the crops would produce enough to make the price reasonable and the state could use the money. Maybe grow it in a building so that it is a year round thing, like an old warehouse. That way you'd just have to guard one place and the growers would be state employees that could be searched daily to make sure none was being taken out on the sly. Good one casper.

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LR1955 says... December 21, 2016 at 11:34 a.m.

If/When it becomes a recreational item, lots of smokers will grow their own.

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Queen1976 says... December 21, 2016 at 2:24 p.m.

I hope the State of Arkansas recognizes that the taxpayers have voted for this medical herb & go with the people's wishes, rather than try to make things difficult and/or very costly for sick folks!

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