With one week before a deadline for entities to apply for licenses to cultivate and dispense medical marijuana, officials still haven't received as many applications as expected.
As of midday Monday, Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration spokesman Scott Hardin said 27 applications for dispensaries had been received. That’s five fewer than the 32 officials expected to be approved, though more applications are expected in the coming days.
11 applications for cultivation facilities have been received, with five to be approved.
The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission is to make final decisions this fall on who is granted licenses.
There are eight geographic regions in the state that will be considered so that the facilities evenly spaced out.