Open a Dispensary in Arkansas

Summary of Marijuana Laws

In 2016, voters passed the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment, authorizing the creation of the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission (AMMC) within the Alcoholic Beverage Control Division to administer the state’s new medical marijuana program.


The AMMC accepted applications for medical marijuana dispensaries and cultivation facilities in August and September 2017. Despite some legal delays, five groups initially awarded medical marijuana cultivation licenses in March 2018 were reaffirmed by the Arkansas Supreme Court in July. The AMMC will next turn to grading the dispensary applications.


No license applications are available at this time.


Marijuana Business Daily projects that, at maturity, the Arkansas medical marijuana market will see between $30-60 million in sales, based on 15,000-30,000 patients.


In the initial program launch, the AMMC announced it would authorize:


  • Five medical marijuana cultivators
  • Thirty-two medical marijuana dispensaries


Content updated July 18, 2018.