Fifteen months after Arkansas voters passed an amendment to legalize medical marijuana in Arkansas, the first permits to begin its cultivation have been issued, to five companies. The five competed with 95 applicants to get the OK from the state Medical Marijuana Commission, which announced last Tuesday which companies had the top scores.
The identities of the owners had been withheld from the five commissioners, who reviewed and scored the applications individually. Alcohol Beverage Control administrators then calculated the scores and provided the results to the commission. The commissioners were given a scoring rubric that allowed a maximum of 10 points for owner qualifications; 50 points for ability to run a facility within applicable laws; 20 points for operating plans; 10 points for financial stability; 2.5 points for affiliation with persons with medical, osteopathic or pharmacy degrees; 5 points for economic impact and diversity; and 2.5 points for community benefit.
The applications were