LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KARK) – No one has submitted applications to grow and sell medical marijuana in the Natural State ahead of the mid-September deadline.
Several of the groups vying for the state’s 32 dispensaries and five cultivation facilities said they’re waiting until the last minute to make sure they have everything they need.
“When it’s done, it’ll be filed,” said Mary Parker, an attorney for Tennessee-based Global Resource Operations (GRO). “It’s really exciting. I think what Arkansas did is just a fabulous program.”
Parker said GRO brought together a large team of scientists, lawyers, psychologists, doctors and more from California to Colorado to Arkansas to try to open both a cultivation facility and dispensary in Arkansas.
Parker and two of her colleagues traveled from Tennessee to Little Rock Monday to hear from a cannabis application expert on what could make or break their business.
“The fine points are where you’re going to score,” Robert Carp told the 20-person crowd.
This Harvard-trained government scientist has reviewed nearly a thousand medical marijuana applications. He’s even written a how-to book.