The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission decided Tuesday to allow 32 dispensaries that will be evenly distributed among the state’s four congressional districts, according to the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.
The voter-approved Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment allows the commission to authorize between 20 and 40 dispensaries to sell medical marijuana to patients on the orders of their doctors.
Dr. Ronda Henry-Tillman, commission chairman, says opening it up for more people in the beginning will let people know that there’s an opportunity for them to be part of this business.
The commission is in charge of setting rules and fees for both cultivation centers and dispensaries. The constitutional amendment allows dispensaries to have up to 50 mature plants. The main source of medical marijuana in the state will be growers — called cultivation facilities — that are expected to grow thousands of plants.
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