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Arkansas Hires Consultant to Evaluate Marijuana Dispensary Applications

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A Boston-based consulting group has been chosen to evaluate the applications for Arkansas’ first medical marijuana dispensary licenses.

Public Consulting Group, Inc. was selected to grade the applications after being one of only two companies to respond to the state’s hiring request. According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 30 companies were asked to respond, and the state required the companies to have no conflict of interests with any potential dispensary companies.

PCG specializes in education, health, human services and technology consulting, according to its website. The company, which was founded in 1986 and based in Boston, submitted a bid of $99,500 for its services. Final scores for the marijuana dispensaries must be returned 30 days after PCG receives them.

The evaluation for the medical dispensaries has been outsourced after applicants raised concerns about bias in the cultivation licensing process that took place earlier in the year. The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission evaluated over 80 proposals for five cultivation licenses, but some applicants claimed there were errors and bias in the evaluation process.

RELATED: Read more about marijuana cultivation in Arkansas here.

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