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The 32 businesses that an Arkansas panel approved to sell medical marijuana in the state have been formally awarded their licenses.

The Department of Finance and Administration said Tuesday the businesses have each paid their $15,000 licensing fees and posted their $100,000 performance bond. The dispensaries can begin building or preparing facilities but must pass a final inspection before they can open.

[MORE: Full coverage of medical marijuana in Arkansas]

The Medical Marijuana Commission last month said it intended to license the 32 businesses after approving scores from an outside consultant it had hired to review applications.

One of the five cultivation facilities licensed by the state was the first get approval last month to begin growing medical marijuana. It said it expects to have the marijuana available for dispensaries in April.


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  • Skeptic1
    February 5, 2019 at 2:58 p.m.

    2 1/2 years later patients are till waiting, thanks for nothing.

  • MaxCady
    February 5, 2019 at 3:18 p.m.

    Meanwhile in Oklahoma there's 589 dispensaries and it costs only $2500 if you want a license to sell.

  • Testingonetwothree
    February 5, 2019 at 4:58 p.m.

    Will they offer the other liscenses
    To areas like Jonesboro that didn’t get one but 60 miles away in w Memphis they got 3????

  • 0boxerssuddenlinknet
    February 5, 2019 at 5:15 p.m.

    commenters that are (*itching somehow have forgotten it was a disgruntled grower applicant that filed suit that held up the MM process. it was our AG office that finally argued to overturn ruling and get us back on track. why the SHORT MEMORIES ? or are you just whiners ? for the hell of it?

  • NoUserName
    February 5, 2019 at 5:43 p.m.

    If you think it was just a disgrunted grower applicant than it is YOU that has a short memory. The application process for growers was loaded with fraud. And that suit only held it up a couple of months with the court ruling that Griffen simply didn't have jurisdiction. Oklahoma got the thing rolling in, I think, SIX.