Arkansas’ Medical Marijuana Commission delayed a meeting scheduled for December 19 to January 9 to license the state’s first medical marijuana dispensaries.
The delay has been cited to the inability of an outside hired company to attend the meeting as well as the inexperience of the newly appointed members to the commission.
Public Consulting Group of Boston has been tasked with grading nearly 200 applications for medical marijuana dispensaries.
A police captain from Benton was appointed to the commission on Monday, December 18.
Medical marijuana is expected to be available for purchase in Arkansas by approved patients in April. Voters approved the sale and use of medical marijuana in Arkansas in 2016.
To contrast, Arkansas’ neighbor Oklahoma voted to pass medical marijuana in June and saw the first sales in October.