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US (AR): After a slow start, MMJ businesses are thriving

Four years after Arkansans voted to allow the growth and sales of medical cannabis, more than 80% of licensed medical cannabis dispensaries in the state are up and running.

Of the 37 dispensaries that the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission has awarded licenses, 31 are in operation.

There are also eight licensed cultivation facilities in the state, five of which are in operation. In addition, seven operating dispensaries are growing cannabis on-site. Under state law, dispensaries may have, at any given time, 200 plants growing on-site, 50 of which may be mature.

Arkansas voters approved an amendment to the state constitution legalizing medical cannabis in November 2016. But the first growing permits in the state weren't issued until July 2018 after legal delays, and the first dispensary in the state didn't open until May 2019. In January of this year, just half of the licensed medical marijuana dispensaries in the state were in operation.


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