A newly created medical marijuana advocacy group that includes former Attorney General Dustin McDaniel and reportedly State Medical Board Chairman Dr. Steven Cathey has waded into controversy only a day after announcing that it would serve as the “leading voice” for the state’s fledgling cannabis trade.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday he was wary of Dr. Cathey serving on the medical board while also holding a board position with the newly established Arkansas Medical Marijuana Association (AMMA) just over a month ahead of the state-imposed deadline to accept bids one of the five cultivation facilities or 32 dispensaries that will likely begin operations in early 2018.
“I was not aware of this decision, and I don’t think someone on the Medical Board should be associated with a medical marijuana advocacy group,” Hutchinson said in response to a query from Talk Business & Politics.
The AMMA announced its formation Wednesday with a board of seven prominent Arkansans and out-of-state consultants that plan to lobby for medical marijuana cultivators, distributors and businesses that serve the industry in Arkansas. On Friday, AMMA’s acting