Arkansas releases rankings of Medical Marijuana dispensary applicants

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The state released Thursday the scores that determine which companies will receive the 32 licenses to sell medical marijuana in Arkansas.

The Medical Marijuana Commission postponed its meeting Wednesday where it was supposed to announce the rankings. Spokesperson Scott Hardin said the delay will give the newly-appointed commissioners more time to get caught up on its operations and allow the company that did the scoring, Public Consulting Group, to attend. 

KARK filed a Freedom of Information request to get the scores Thursday for the 198 applications.

In the scoresheets we obtained, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Division (ABC) did not calculate the bonus points correctly. If a company received them, the points should have been multiplied by five due to the five reviews. After doing so, it appears the change affected Zone 4 by flip-flopping the companies in 4th and 5th place, and 6th and 7th place.

The following are the rankings by zone: 

Zone 1:

Acanza Health Group 

Valentine Holdings, LLC

Arkansas Medicinal Source Patient Center

The Releaf Center 

Zone 2:

Fiddler’s Green

Plant Family Therapeutics

Big Fish of North Central Arkansas

Arkansas Green Cross Cannabis Dispensary  

Zone 3:

Valentine Holdings, LLC

Grassroots OPCO

THC RX, Inc.

Natural State Wellness Dispensary

Zone 4:

Valentine Holdings, LLC

Natural State Wellness Dispensary 

JPS Management, LLC

River Valley Dispensary 


Johnson County Dispensary 

Zone 5:


Grassroots OPCO

Natural State Wellness Dispensary 

Naturalis Health 

Zone 6:

Green Springs Medical 

Native Green Wellness Center 

Green Remedies Group 

Doctors Orders RX

Zone 7:

Acanza Health Group 

Natural State Wellness Dispensary 

PainFree RX

Delta Cultivators 

Zone 8: 

Grassroots OPCO

Noah’s Ark, LLC

Bloom Medicinals of AR, LLC


To view the zones, click here.

The rankings reveal Little Rock, Fayetteville, Pine Bluff and Texarkana will receive multiple dispensaries. 

Several companies scored in the top four in multiple zones. They will have to select one, and the 5th place group will get a license.

In a press release, Hardin said, “The scores are not final and have not been reviewed or approved by the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission. The scores in no way guarantee a license will be provided. Scores will be discussed at the January 9 meeting of the MMC. ABC will not discuss or interpret any aspect of the scores prior to the meeting.” 

The state’s five cultivation facilities told the commission they plan to have medical marijuana available as early as April, after voters passed the amendment in 2016. 

The health department reports more than 6,600 Arkansans have been approved for their patient cards to buy medical marijuana. Most are for intractable pain, severe arthritis and PTSD. 

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