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Ontario Shocker: Province to Restrict Legal Cannabis Sales to 150 Government-Run Stores and One Website

One of the great questions leading up to Canada’s 2018 legalization of adult-use cannabis is how individual provinces will handle their Trudeau-given duties to hammer out details of the newly legal plant’s distribution and sale.

“Online sales will begin next July.”

Today, Ontario gave us a shocking example of what such provincial hammering might look like, unveiling a plan that would restrict sales of legal cannabis in the province to 150 government-run stores and a government-run website—a move that would completely outlaw the province’s thriving, beloved, and, yes, illegal independent dispensaries.

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Other details of the plan, announced today at a joint press conference held by Finance Minister Charles Sousa, Health Minister Eric Hoskins, and Attorney General Yasir Naqvi in Queen’s Park: the aforementioned 150 government-run cannabis stores will be overseen by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, and sales of legal adult-use cannabis will be restricted to those 19 and above (the same as liquor).

“There will be 80 LCBO weed stores in place across the province by July 1, 2019 and another 70 by 2020,” reports the Toronto Star. “Online sales will begin next July.”

Some backstory and speculation: This summer, Ontario conducted an as-vast-as-possible survey of its citizens, seeking their opinions on cannabis, to help steer the province’s official cannabis guidelines. “[The survey will carry] lots of weight,” Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi told the CBC in July. “It’s important from our perspective to hear directly from Ontarians.”

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The results of this Ontario survey are still being digested, but in a Forum Research survey conducted in April 2016, 52% of Ontario respondents expressed the opinion that the best place to sell legal cannabis would be dedicated cannabis dispensaries. More recently, a survey conducted by Nanos Research in July 2018 found that 55% of Ontario residents preferred cannabis be sold by licensed private retailers rather than province-run liquor stores.

Clearly, Ontarions love their non-LCBO cannabis dispensaries—so why is the government, which made so much noise about valuing citizens’ input, killing them dead? Perhaps the dream is to incorporate everything people love about independent dispensaries into the forthcoming government shops. Or maybe it’s just a middle-finder to the illegal dispensary scene and any and all who appreciate it.

Stay tuned for on-the-ground reporting from Toronto.


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After Weeks of Waiting, Arkansas Receives MMJ Dispensary Applications

The medical marijuana system in Arkansas has been moving at a snail’s pace. After opening the door for applications to grow and dispense cannabis on June 30, the state didn’t receive a single one for a month and a half.

The silence, at least, is over. As of yesterday, two would-be dispensaries have applied for licenses, and the state Department of Health has approved nearly 800 medical marijuana registry identification cards. But according to Arkansas news website Talk Business & Politics, the commission has yet to receive any applications to grow the plant.

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Applications—the state is accepting bids for five cultivators and up to 32 dispensary operators—must be delivered to the commission by Sept. 18, at which point applicants must submit a $15,000 fee. Applicants must also provide proof of assets or a surety bond in the amount of $1 million, along with proof of at least $500,000 in liquid assets, according to Talk Business.

Despite the small number of applications received, state Rep. Doug House (R-North Little Rock) said he expects a mad rush as the deadline nears. He said he’s had conversations with several investor groups planning to seek cultivation and dispensary licenses.

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“I think there is going to be a mad rush on the last day,” House told municipal officials at the Arkansas Association of Counties (AAC) in Little Rock earlier this month.

House has been a supporter of medical marijuana bills in Arkansas. The Republican lawmaker sponsored more than 50 medical marijuana bills approved by the Legislature this spring.

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8 Exotic and Unlikely Places to Buy Cannabis Around the World

If you’re lucky enough to visit a foreign country where cannabis is obtainable, you owe yourself a chance to check out the local selection and support the local industry.

We’ve scoured the globe to bring you the most exotic shops, markets, clubs, and dispensaries purveying cannabinoids abroad. Whether you’re seeking good flower to pair with good food or looking to take your beach holiday to the next level, start planning your travel itinerary with these eight scenic stops and distinctive shops in mind.

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Beach Kiosks: Jamaica

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You may be surprised to find out that ganja is technically legally limited in Jamaica, the birthplace of Bob Marley. You won’t be surprised to find out that in spite of this technicality, the herb is easy to get—just ask your cab driver. Or your waitress. Or anyone you see walking down the street (police excluded).

Pay your respects to Marley’s legacy by lighting up a joint at his gravesite before meandering to the iconic Instagram-ready beaches of Jamaica for a more extended sesh. Look for one of the ubiquitous beach kiosks that sell bottled water to thirsty tourists—they most likely sell cannabis, too.

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Cannabis in Italy is illegal for recreational use, but it is legal for limited medical usage. And, apparently, you can even grow your own cannabis—as long as you prune it before it grows flowers.

That’s the technicality that allows Milan-based cannabis clone shop Hemp Embassy to operate and sell live plants to anyone who wants to add some special greenery to their home. It offers about 50 varieties, from Sour Diesel to Chocolate Mint, with seeds procured from some of the top seed banks around the world, such as Cali Connection. All the plants are high in THC production and can be purchased like any other plant in a greenhouse—as long as you promise not to grow buds. Promise?

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You can find coffeeshops on every corner in Amsterdam—much better than a Starbucks on every corner, yes? But when you have so many options, it’s like being a kid in a candy shop: Suddenly, you don’t know where to start or which ones are actually worth the trouble.

If you’re looking an extraordinary experience in a city already full of exemplary herb, look to Green House at Haarlemmerstraat 64. It’s got a full food menu, featuring everything from BLTs to Oreo milkshakes for your munchies, and a fish tank under your feet so that you can gaze at koi when you don’t want to make conversation. It’s a celebrity hotspot, attracting everyone from Andre 3000 to Kelis, but it’s not pretentious at all: Instead it’s got good weed, good food, good music, and (we’ve heard) hot budtenders.

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We’ll be honest with you: If you’re a tourist, you can’t just walk into one of Southern Spain’s famous cannabis social clubs to pass the joint. As with most private clubs, cannabis-centric or not, you need to be invited by a member or two—and you have to provide proof of residency (so a hotel won’t do, unless you’re the Spanish Eloise at the Plaza). Not all clubs are created equal, though—some are not much more than basements with mood lighting, while some, like VIP favorite Joe’s Smokers Club, occupy multiple floors for multiple modes of high: VIP club, co-working space, and chill out lounge. The club also works with local restaurants for food, invites guest DJs every weekend, and has its own app. FYI, the official hashtag is #MarbellaHighSociety, if you make it in there.

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Mercado de Coyoacán: Mexico City, Mexico

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Popular with both locals and tourists, you can buy anything at this large open-air market—from ice cream to kitchenware to tourist-favorite lucha libre masks. You can also buy cannabis flowers and the pipes to go along with them.

Test out your haggling talents and try to get the cheapest price possible—the worst thing that can happen is that you walk to the next stall and bargain for the exact same product over again. Have you ever worked this hard for your high?

“Huasos” (aka Cowboys): Chile

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Good news—it’s legal to smoke in the private comfort of your own home in Chile! However, that doesn’t mean you can just procure cannabis from the local supermarket. Most people get their weed delivered directly to their houses, but if you’re looking to seek it out yourself, head inland to a city like Limache, where you can ask the cowboys (yes, look for them on horseback), called huasos, for a sackful. No guarantees of how good it will be, though—but if you’re at a point that you’re hunting down cannabis from cowboys in Chile, you’re probably already something of an expert on what to look for and how to get it.

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Malé Atoll: The Maldives

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Where you find surfers, you will find cannabis—it’s that simple. If you’re privileged enough to find yourself vacationing in the Maldives, a South Asian island country famous for its pristine white beaches, you can easily find hash oil sold along the surfing points. Cannabis is technically illegal in the Maldives, so you buy at your own risk, but there is hardly any legislation or monitoring going on there. Your best bet is to hang out at the best surf spots and spark up a conversation with the local youths—if you’re nice (and willing to pay), they’ll share.

Happy Pizza: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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There are a lot of culinary specialties of Cambodian cuisine that you should try: fish amok, BBQ pork and rice, green mango salad, fried bananas, and—if you’re in Phnom Penh—weed pizza from Happy Pizza (or one of its many knockoffs like “Happiness Pizza”). It’s the ultimate edible, as the pie comes sprinkled with herbs that look not too different from a healthy dose of oregano.

You can order it with “extra happiness” if you dare, but we recommend just one slice to start. Remember, even though you’re on vacation—edibles don’t get any less potent, especially when the herbs are sprinkled on like parmesan cheese.


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Does Cannabis Belong in Liquor Stores? Provinces Tussle Over an Answer

As the proposed July 1 date for Canada’s legalization of adult-use recreational cannabis draws closer, provinces are hashing out specifics of the plant’s production, distribution, and sale. Some are rushing, some are scrambling, and many would appreciate more time.

Hot topic this week: the issue of where cannabis should be sold, and the push by the alcohol industry and certain government entities to sell recreational cannabis in existing liquor stores.

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Ricardo Baca took on the issue recently at the Daily Beast:

“While most of the legal world has opted to sell retail weed in pot-specific storefronts, aka dispensaries and pot shops, British Columbia and other provinces are being urged by liquor store owners to sell marijuana inside existing liquor stores. British Columbia isn’t alone in considering such regulations. Ontario, Manitoba, and possibly other provinces including Alberta are also contemplating such arrangements.”

With the contemplation of such arrangements ongoing, the best we can do now is survey the pros and cons and existing arguments for and against the commercial cohabitation of cannabis and alcohol.

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On the “pro” side, unsurprisingly, are liquor retailers. “We think that by using the existing liquor store model, the government is going to be able to offer an efficient, consumer-friendly environment where you have experienced, responsible, and informative staff with expertise in selling controlled substances handling these transactions,” Jeff Guignard, ­executive director of the Alliance of Beverage Licensees, told the Daily Beast.

This argument is echoed by the British Columbia Government and Service Employees’ Union.  “[Our liquor stores] are age-controlled environments, and the staff in our liquor stores are heavily monitored to ensure they do appropriate ID checks,” said BCSEU president Stephanie Smith. “We see it as a perfect fit.”

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Smith also brings up the issue of cost, noting that setting up an entirely new distribution and regulatory system could be quite expensive.

Meanwhile, leading the charge on the “con” side is the Canadian government’s Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation, which laid out its opposition to co-mingled sales of cannabis and alcohol in its final report: “[T]he potential for and increasing rates of use and co-use run counter to the public health objectives of harm reduction and prevention,” wrote the authors of that government study.

‘So many people use cannabis as part of their recovery, and sending them into liquor stores is a dangerous proposition.’

The vast remainder of the “con” ranks are filled with people who know and love cannabis. They balk at the idea that being good at checking IDs is the primary skill needed to sell cannabis. It’s a simplistic notion emanating from a world where budtenders, terpenes, and the whole culture of cannabis strain study doesn’t exist. They also take offense at the liquor industry taking over a market that cannabis pioneers have struggled to create—and one that liquor interests have been actively fighting to prevent.

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“I hate to think of someone who’s looking for cannabis and maybe new to it only having [the expertise of] an ID-checking liquor-store employee,” said Vancouver dispensary worker Maxwell to Leafly. “Also, so many people use cannabis as part of their recovery, and sending them into liquor stores is a dangerous proposition.”

Now it’s up to the provinces, who have until July 1, 2018, to nail down their protocols. Stay tuned.


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Torontonians Love Their Dispensaries. Why Is Mayor Tory Dead Set Against Them?

When a cannabis consulting firm determined Toronto had taken over from Vancouver as the Canadian city with the most marijuana dispensaries, the firm’s owner was excited. “In the next month or two, we might have as many dispensaries as Pizza Pizzas in Toronto,” Harrison Jordan said, referring to the ubiquitous fast food restaurants.

Not everyone in Toronto shares his enthusiasm about marijuana dispensaries but a lot of residents are perfectly fine with them. In fact, research indicates many people in Ontario would now like to see recreational marijuana sold in dispensaries when it becomes legal next year.

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In a Forum Research survey conducted in April 2016, 52% of Ontario respondents said they thought that dedicated cannabis dispensaries would be the best place to sell recreational marijuana after legalization. In a survey conducted by Nanos Research just last month, 55% of Ontario residents said they would prefer that marijuana be sold by such licensed private retailers rather than province-run liquor stores.

52% of Ontario survey respondents say dedicated cannabis dispensaries are the best place to sell recreational marijuana. But Toronto Mayor Tory has not wavered.

Despite such findings, Toronto Mayor John Tory has not wavered from the hardline stance he took against dispensaries when he took office almost three years ago.

The same week the Nanos survey results were released, Tory sent an open letter to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne stating his opposition to dispensaries in many parts of the city. “I have made it clear that while I support the legalization of marijuana, I do not think the people of Toronto would support the future widespread location of outlets for the sale of marijuana in residential neighborhoods or in certain retail areas,” said Tory.

In June, two months after the federal government confirmed its intention to legalize recreational marijuana in July 2018, Tory said he would like to see dispensary raids continue in Toronto.

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Why does the mayor remain steadfast in his opposition to dispensaries while so many Ontarians have indicated they want cannabis available through such private retailers once recreational use becomes legal? The answer depends on whom you ask.

Tory’s defense of his position is heavy on vagaries and hearsay. He says he’s concerned that dispensaries might not “fit within [Toronto’s] communities” and that he’s worried about the well-being of children. At a press conference in June, Tory said residents of one Toronto neighbourhood had told him that people were being harassed at ATMs by others looking for money to buy marijuana at a nearby dispensary.

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Lisa Campbell, spokesperson for the Cannabis Friendly Business Association, attributes Tory’s criticism of dispensaries to his desire to “play nice” with Wynne, who has expressed interest in having recreational cannabis sold at province-controlled liquor stores.

In recent months, Tory has asked the Wynne government to agree to an arrangement in which Toronto will share tax revenue generated by legal marijuana sales. He has also asked the province for more money to maintain Toronto’s massive transit system, two busiest expressways and public housing—so it’s in his best interest to be on good terms with the Premier, says Campbell. “He’s doing a great job of being friendly with other levels of government,” she adds.

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Like other Tory detractors, Campbell also attributes the mayor’s stand against dispensaries, in part, to a cozy relationship with “big money” entities that would prefer different sales models. The first of those are the licensed producers that now sell medical cannabis directly to Canadians and are poised to do the same with recreational marijuana once it’s legal. The second such entity is the wealthy family, the Westons, that owns Canada’s biggest pharmacy chain, Shoppers Drug Mart, and would like medical and, possibly, recreational marijuana to be sold there.

Campbell and other critics note that Tory himself comes from the Canadian establishment. His great-grandfather founded Sun Life of Canada, a big financial services company, and his father helped build one of Canada’s most influential and politically connected law firms, Torys LLP.

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While Tory’s motivation for opposing dispensaries is a matter of debate, one fact is not: With the legalization date less than a year away, the mayor of Toronto is at odds with many of his constituents about where recreational marijuana should be sold, making the future of cannabis in Canada’s biggest city a little hazy.


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How to Make Your Cannabis Dispensary More Disability-Friendly

Walking into a dispensary can be an intimidating experience. Whether the customer is a newbie or a seasoned cannabis consumer, it still requires some confidence to walk in, talk to strangers about a previously illegal drug, and find the right products.

For someone who suffers from a disability, this endeavor could be next to impossible. Medical marijuana is now legal in a majority of states, and most of the qualifying medical conditions are officially considered a disability by the US government. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that, as of 2015, there were 53 million Americans living with some kind of disability, making disabled adults one of the largest minority groups in the United States. More than one of out of every five adults (22%) suffers some kind of physical, functional, mental, or sensory disability in the United States.

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However, because cannabis is still federally restricted under the Controlled Substances Act, there is no federally-mandated law that states dispensaries are required to adhere to the Americans With Disabilities Act. This means medical marijuana patients are not only at risk of losing their job and/or government assistance benefits due to state-legal cannabis use, the dispensaries they visit are also not required to make accommodations for them.

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Ways to Better Accommodate Disabled Visitors

Consider making a few adjustments to your dispensary to make the experience a little easier for disabled customers or medical marijuana patients:

  • Install a ramp and widen doorways to make your shop more wheelchair accessible.
  • Make chairs available in the lobby and waiting room for those who have trouble standing for long periods of time.
  • Designate a staff member to cater to patients with special needs.
  • Install a dimmer switch to adjust the lighting for those who have head trauma, seizures, or light sensitivities.
  • Print menus with extra-large font for patients with poor vision.
  • Offer a veteran’s discount for former service members and disabled veterans (according to the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, there are 3.5 million veterans living with a disability right now, including an estimated 30% of veterans who suffer from a “signature” disability, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or traumatic brain injury (TBI), both considered a “service-connected” disability)
  • Schedule “quiet days” for patients with sensory issues or anxiety.
  • Offer a free shuttle from central locations to your dispensary for those without transportation or who have limited mobility.
  • Allow service and therapy dogs to enter your store premises with their owners.
  • Train your employees to understand and work effectively with disabled customers.
  • Create employment opportunities for disabled workers, particularly who that may specialize in helping medical marijuana patients.

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Hiring Employees With Disabilities

Employment opportunities for disabled individuals do not come easily, especially if they are a certified medical marijuana patient. Those who are found to be using drugs or alcohol often don’t qualify for disability benefits, and that includes individuals who use cannabis for medicinal or therapeutic purposes. The unemployment rate for disabled persons in the US was 17.9% in 2016, nearly four times the national unemployment rate, listed as 4.3% in May of 2017.

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Offering positions that make a reasonable accommodation for disabled adults could mean a huge difference in the quality of life for a person who might not otherwise be able to contribute to society through the workforce. Furthermore, having a staff member with a disability involved in the medical marijuana industry means they may be able to empathize with other disabled customers and offer curated recommendations and a more relatable customer experience.

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What other tips or suggestions do you have to make your business more disability-friendly? Share your insight in the comments!


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Hawaii Braces for Surge in Medical Cannabis Patients

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Department of Health is preparing for an upswing of patients signing up for the state’s medical cannabis registry, as two medical marijuana dispensaries in the state are officially open for business.

More than 18,000 patients have joined the state’s medical cannabis registry.

About 38 percent of the patients reside on the Big Island, while 29 percent live on Oahu, Hawaii News Now reported.

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“We do see the beginning of a possible trend that shows more growth happening on Oahu,” said Scottina Ruis, coordinator for the state’s medical cannabis registry program.

The state has managed to bring the turnaround time for applicants down to three to five business days.

“At the high end, when we got the program initially, the process was an entirely paper application process, so a lot different functions for staff,” Ruis said. “I think high end of turnaround time was six to eight weeks.”

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There are four full-time employees and three more will be added by the end of the year.

“We’ve only got so many live bodies and we’re doing our best to keep up with the demand and hopefully, we can stay ahead of that,” Ruis said.


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Maui’s Newly Opened Medical Marijuana Dispensary to Close Temporarily

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Less than a week after it opened, Maui’s first state-licensed medical marijuana dispensary is reworking its opening hours as demand for its product outstrips supply because of a backlog.

Maui Grown Therapies says it had expected its most recent batch of flowers to clear state lab certification by Saturday, but that didn’t happen, The Maui News reported. Company officials said it sold out its first batch of certified flowers Saturday.

Maui Grown Therapies opened for business Tuesday. Company officials say the dispensary could only sell flowers — resulting in depleted flower stocks on Maui and “disappointed patients.”

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The company said it needs the Department of Health’s State Labs Division “to help unclog a backlog of products so Maui patients can have access to quality-assured medicinal cannabis products.”

It will be closed Monday and Tuesday and reopen at noon Wednesday, when it will sell to patients who make appointments through its website.

“It’s unfortunate that an administrative hindrance of this magnitude prevents patients from getting the help they need,” said Christopher Cole, director of product management for Maui Grown Therapies. “We had planned to open with a full range of derivative products such as concentrates, oils, capsules and topical products, but at the eleventh hour we discovered that the State Labs Division had failed to certify a lab to conduct testing of manufactured products.”

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State offices were closed Saturday, and state Health Department officials could not be reached for comment.

“We could serve thousands of patients with the amount of manufactured product we currently have available for final compliance testing,” Cole said. “Even though we were approved by the Department of Health on May 24 to manufacture cannabis products, the restrictions placed on the state’s only licensed lab have prevented us from offering these products to our patients — and it is entirely unclear to us when this will change.”

The dispensary’s initial posted hours were 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Dispensary hours have been changed to noon to 6 p.m. until further notice.


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Arkansas Has Received Zero Applications to Grow or Dispense Medical Cannabis

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Demand for permission to use, grow and sell medical marijuana in Arkansas is low as the state reaches the halfway point for the application period.

Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration spokesman Scott Hardin told The Associated Press Friday morning that the agency had received no applications to grow and distribute medical marijuana.

“We are not concerned, as we understand the applications require detailed and specific information that will take time to complete,” Hardin said earlier in the week. “Applicants are likely performing their due diligence to provide quality applications.”

Hardin said officials anticipate applications will start arriving closer to the Sept. 18 deadline.

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There are regulations that limit where greenhouses and distributors can operate. While setting up rules for licensing, legislators said growers must be at least 3,000 feet (900 meters) from churches, schools or daycares, while dispensaries must be 1,500 feet (450 meters) away. Those restrictions will make it difficult for some towns and small cities to have marijuana operations.

Cultivation facility and dispensary license applications will be scored and officials will award the permits based on merit. The department plans to award five cultivation licenses and 32 dispensary licenses.

Despite the lack of submissions for licenses, there has been interest in using medical marijuana though that number is low.

There have been 404 applications completed and approved from people seeking to use medical marijuana as of Tuesday, according to Department of Health spokeswoman Katie White.

Director of Health Communications Marisha DiCarlo told the AP that the agency had projected around 30,000 people would apply for medical marijuana cards.

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“This number was based on population, types of qualifying conditions, and trends in other states,” DiCarlo said. “At this time, it is too early in the process to know if that number will be reached, since usable, legally obtained Arkansas marijuana is not yet available in the state.”

DiCarlo also said there are several documents applicants have to gather to complete their applications.

People who want to obtain an ID card must have a physician fill out a form certifying that they have a qualifying condition for medical marijuana use. There are 18 qualifying conditions, including intractable pain, cancer, severe nausea, seizures and post-traumatic stress disorder.

The ID cards, which cost $50 and must be renewed yearly, will be issued about 30 days before medical marijuana is available for legal purchase in the state.


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Florida Awards 2 More Medical Marijuana Licenses

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s Department of Health has licensed two additional medical marijuana treatment centers.

Spokeswoman Mara Gambineri said Wednesday that Treadwell Nursey in Eustis and the Arcadia-based Sun Bulb Nurseries have received letters of approval. Plants of Ruskin and 3 Boys Farm, both in Ruskin, received their approvals last week.

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The five new licenses in the first round are going to applicants from 2015 who scored within a point of the top applicant or those who have been in legal or administrative challenges.

The Florida Legislature granted the approval of 10 new licenses by the end of the year as part of a bill implementing rules for the state’s medical marijuana constitutional amendment. One more is awaiting approval, and the remaining five by Oct. 3, giving the state 17 medical marijuana dispensaries.


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