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Demographic Trends Signal Potential Growth in Medical Cannabis MarketLock Icon

Data from the Arkansas Department of Health offers a glimpse at what could become the expanded medical cannabis market. read more >
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Medical Cannabis: Allies Back a Proposal for GrowthLock Icon

The medical marijuana industry has lined up support from patient advocates who opposed a 2022 recreational vote. read more >
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Arkansas Cannabis Sales Hit $1B Milestone After Record 2023

The state Department of Health says 97,374 medical marijuana cards are active now, up from 89,855 in January of last year. read more >
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Top Online Stories of 2023: Eatery News, a Lyon College Setback And 27 Marijuana Laws Tossed Out

Readers were hungry for restaurant news on the Arkansas Business website this year. read more >
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Cannabis Connections: Medical Marijuana Businesses That Use Management FirmsLock Icon

At least 13 medical marijuana businesses in Arkansas have contracts with cannabis management companies, according to state records. read more >
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Lawsuits Allege Fraud in Arkansas Cannabis LicensingLock Icon

Prominent Arkansans have accused their attorney friends of setting them up as figurehead owners of medical marijuana dispensaries, sticking them with massive tax bills and casting new doubts on the integrity of the state’s cannabis licensing system. read more >
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Federal Judge’s ‘Watershed’ Ruling Protects Hemp Industry in Arkansas

The ruling last month that blocks Arkansas from criminalizing certain hemp-derived cannabinoid products, such as delta-8 THC, is being hailed as a landmark decision for the hemp industry. read more >

Medical Marijuana Sales in Arkansas Could Set New Record

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Medical marijuana sales in Arkansas are on track to set a new record this year, state officials said. From January through June, patients spent $141 […] read more >
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Fort Smith Cultivator License Keeps License But Remains in Court

River Valley Relief Cultivation’s Storm Nolan saw his license renewed even as the state Supreme Court reviews a lower court’s order for the license to be stripped. read more >
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Cannabis Company American Patriot Brands Hit with Fraud ChargesLock Icon

The company allegedly lured investors by claiming that retired Gen. Wesley K. Clark Sr. was a top advisor for the company, long after he resigned from the board. read more >
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Oklahoma Voters Reject Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

State Question 820, the result of a signature gathering drive last year, was the only item on the statewide ballot, and early results showed heavy opposition in rural areas. read more >
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Breck Speed Gets Marijuana Processing License

The former CEO of Mountain Valley Spring Water was granted the sixth such license in the state. read more >
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FDA Declines to Regulate CBD, Calls on Congress for Fix

The marijuana-derived products have become increasingly popular in lotions, tinctures and foods, while their legal status has been murky in the U.S. read more >
Abaca executives and employees pose for a group photo outside a branch of the North Little Rock Public Library System
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After $30M Merger, Abaca Says Mission Remains the SameLock Icon

In the weeks after Arkansas cannabis financial firm Abaca was acquired for that amount by Colorado’s SHF Holdings Inc. late last year, Abaca co-founder Dan Roda says in some ways, very little. read more >
Chad Gallagher, a consultant who oversaw messaging against marijuana legalization for the Arkansas Family Council and its allies.
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Gallagher’s Messaging Helped Voters Say No

He was the consultant who oversaw messaging against marijuana legalization for the Family Council and its allies. read more >
A map showing the Arkansas counties that voted in favor legalizing recreational marijuana in the 2022 midterm elections.
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Snuffed Out: How The Recreational Marijuana Amendment FailedLock Icon

An “unusual alliance” across the political spectrum and doubts about business details helped doom the legalization attempt, campaign veterans and observers say. read more >
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High Court Stays Marijuana Cultivator’s License Revocation

The Arkansas Supreme Court has promised a quick review of an appeal by grower Storm Nolan in the case. read more >
Storm Nolan, principal owner of River Valley Relief Cultivation in Fort Smith.
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State Moves to Revoke Fort Smith Cultivator’s Marijuana License

The licensing reversal favored 2600 Holdings of Little Rock, doing business as Southern Roots Cultivation, which had sued claiming it should have rightfully won the license. read more >
Dan Roda, CEO of Abaca, saw a “huge disconnect” in the banking industry when he realized that cannabis companies were having problems opening accounts. Five years later, Abaca handles banking for 90% of Arkansas’ medical marijuana industry.
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Abaca Expands Services to California

Cannabis banking firm Abaca of North Little Rock announced it has expanded services to California through a partnership with Pacific Valley Bank of Salinas. The partnership offers a single point […] read more >
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Justices Deliver a Scolding to Cannabis Commission

The state Supreme Court's dissent cites past shortcomings the commission has exhibited. read more >