The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission has opted to license dispensaries based on the merit of their applications instead of using a lottery to pick dispensary operators.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the decision made Wednesday undoes a draft rule that had dispensary applicants meeting minimum requirements to enter a lottery in order to present their plans.
With its decision, the commission has also eliminated an option for dispensaries not to grow marijuana for lower costs and reduced regulation.
Arkansas lawyers say having different applications for dispensary slots wouldn't be fair and would likely result in lawsuits.
Dispensaries will face a $15,000 one-time licensing fee and a $22,500 fee to renew the license annually under the commission's new rules.
The commission meets again Tuesday to finalize the changes that will later be reviewed and approved by the Arkansas Legislative Council.
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