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Medical Marijuana Commission Delays Dispensary Announcement

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The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission (MMC) has rescheduled its December meeting, at which the commission planned to announce dispensary scores. The meeting has been set for Wednesday, January 9, 2019.

According to a MMC press release, the delay will allow new MMC commissioners time to review briefings pertaining to the commission.

One new member was appointed this week, while another commission seat has not been filled yet.

Read the full press release here:

The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission (MMC) today announced the Wednesday, December 19 meeting at which dispensary scores were to be announced has been rescheduled for January 9. This will provide newly appointed Commissioners adequate time to receive briefings on all matters related to the MMC. Additionally, Public Consulting Group’s medical director was unable to attend tomorrow’s meeting but confirmed his attendance on January 9.

A new member, Benton Police Capt. Kevin Phillips, was appointed yesterday by Senate President Jonathan Dismang to succeed Dr. Carlos Roman on the commission. An appointment also will be made to succeed James Miller, who resigned his seat with two years remaining on the five-member body. His replacement hasn’t been named.

Voters approved medical marijuana in November 2016. Enabling legislation was passed in 2017. The commission has awarded five permits for cultivation facilities and will award up to 32 dispensary permits. They can’t operate until a state-grown supply is available. Officials have forecast a spring start to the availability of medical marijuana for accredited patients holding permission from doctors for use of the drug in a range of medical circumstances.

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