Open a Dispensary in Arkansas

Summary of Marijuana Laws

The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment, or Issue 6, passed 53% as an initiated constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana sales. Cultivation facility agents and dispensary agents shall register with the Alcoholic Beverage Control Division. A Medical Marijuana Commission was created to determine the qualifications for receiving a license to operate a dispensary or a license to operate a cultivation facility and the awarding of licenses.
 
Under this proposed amendment there are no prohibitions on a city, incorporated town, or county of Arkansas from enacting reasonable zoning regulations applicable to dispensaries or cultivation facilities. However, this section does not allow a city, incorporated town, or county to prohibit the operation of any dispensaries or cultivation facilities in the city, incorporated town, or county unless such a prohibition is approved at an election.
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In the 2017 legislative session, Arkansas elected officials passed HB 1400 (now Act 740), modifying the Amendment. HB 1400 restricts the smoking of medical marijuana.