No one is claiming Arkansas’s 32 available medical cannabis licenses


Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

The state of Arkansas is facing no demand for permission to use, grow and sell medical cannabis as the deadline for applications near. 

Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration spokesman Scott Hardin said last week the agency had received no applications to grow and distribute medical cannabis. Officials anticipate more applications arriving closer to the Sept. 18 deadline.

Despite the lack of submissions for licenses, there have been 404 applications completed and approved from people seeking to attain medical cannabis. Marisha DiCarlo. Director of Health Communications, anticipated around 30,000 people would apply for medical cannabis cards but said it is too early to know if the number will be reached, since cannabis is not yet available in the state.

People who want to obtain an ID card must have a physician fill out forms which certify their qualifying condition for medical cannabis. ID cards will be issued 30 days before medical cannabis is available for purchase.