Building a Cannabis Dispensary in Arkansas

Arkansas Cannabis Legal Status: Medical Sales are Legal

There are three main governing bodies of Arkansas cannabis: The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission (MMC), the Arkansas Beverage Control (ABC), and the Arkansas Dept of Health. Additionally, construction is governed by the local municipal building department.

Building Code

Building a dispensary in Arkansas is subject to both local municipal code, the universal building code and also the Alcoholic Beverage Control Division (ABC). The final Arkansas cannabis building inspections are done through the local municipal building department but operation approval also must pass inspection by the ABC.

Below is a section of the Rules and Regulations governing cannabis construction and approvals:

Dispensaries and cultivation facilities shall be subject to reasonable inspection by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Division.

a. The Director of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Administration or the Director of Alcoholic Beverage Control Enforcement, or an enforcement agent, may:

i. Inspect, without the need for a search warrant, the licensed premises of a dispensary or cultivation facility, including any marijuana and marijuana product on the premises, equipment used in cultivating, processing, testing, or storing

b. marijuana establishment’s records required by these rules and computers, at any time;

  1. Issue a written report or notice of his or her findings;
  2. Exercise law enforcement powers, if authorized, and take any other action the Director of Alcoholic Beverage Control Administration or Director of Alcoholic Beverage Control Enforcement determines is necessary; and
  3. Enlist the assistance of any law enforcement officer not directly employed by Alcoholic Beverage Control Enforcement toward performance of these enforcement duties.

A dispensary or cultivation facility, and any licensee, employee, or agent shall cooperate with the Director of Alcoholic Beverage Control Administration, the Director of Alcoholic Beverage Control Enforcement, an enforcement agent, an employee of the board, or assisting law enforcement officer, acting in an official capacity to enforce the laws related to marijuana, including but not limited to:

  1. Permitting entry upon and inspection of the licensed premises; and
  2. Providing access to records required by these rules and computers, when requested by the Director of Alcoholic Beverage Control Administration, or the Director of Alcoholic Beverage Control Enforcement, or an enforcement agent, or an assisting law enforcement officer.

RR 4.2.
cultivation facilities shall notify the Alcoholic Beverage Control Division of their intent to commence operations. The Alcoholic Beverage Control Division shall conduct a thorough inspection of the premises for the following:

a. Verify possession and accuracy of detailed plans and elevation drawings required in RR 6.2 and RR 7.2;

  1. Verify connection and accessibility to the Inventory Tracking System;
  2. Verification of operational alarm and video surveillance systems;
  3. Verification of secure locks throughout the facility;
  4. Verification of controls to limited access areas;
  5. Verification of compliance with perimeter restrictions;
  6. Any existing personnel records as required by RR 19.4; and

Inspection required prior to operation. All licensed dispensaries and

h. Review initial inventory required by RR 10.1, and verify for accuracy.

Security Requirements

  1. A vault:
    1. The walls, floors, and ceilings of which vault are constructed of at least eight (8) inches of reinforced concrete or other substantial masonry, reinforced vertically and horizontally with one-half (1⁄2) inch steel rods tied six (6) inches on center, or the structural equivalent to such reinforced walls, floors, and ceilings;
    2. The door and frame unit of which vault shall conform to the following specification or the equivalent: thirty (30) man-minutes against surreptitious entry, ten (10) man- minutes against forced entry, twenty (20) man-hours against lock manipulation, and twenty (20) man-hours against radiological techniques;
    3. Which vault, if operations require it to remain open for frequent access, is equipped with a “day-gate” which is self-closing and self-locking, or the equivalent, for use during the hours of operation in which the vault door is open;
  1. The walls or perimeter of which vault are equipped with an alarm system as described in RR 6.4.
  2. The door of which vault is equipped with contact switches; and
  3. Which vault has one of the following: Complete electrical lacing of the walls, floor and ceilings; sensitive ultrasonic equipment within the vault; a sensitive sound accumulator system; or other such device designed to detect illegal entry.

Zoning Law

All dispensaries must be 1500 feet away from churches, schools, and daycares.

All grow facilities must be 3000 feet away from churches, schools, and daycares.

The Arkansas medical marijuana dispensary zones are split into 8 zones.

Arkansas Cannabis
Trade Associations

Arkansas Cannabis Industry Association (ACIA)

“The Arkansas Cannabis Industry Association (ACIA) is a 501(c)(6) cannabis industry trade association advocating for laws, regulations, and public policies that foster a healthy, professional and accountable medical cannabis industry in the state of Arkansas.”

Their mission has four main components:

  • Advocating for the Industry
  • Education
  • Bringing the Industry Together
  • Protecting Patients

Contact email for the Arkansas Cannabis Industry Organization:

info@arcannabis.org

Arkansas Cannabis Industry Association

Cannabis News – Active Dispensaries

Alexander

Custom Cannabis 10200 HWY 5, Alexander 501-213-0115

Arkadelphia

Arkadelphia Dispensary 188 Valley Street, Arkadelphia

Bentonville

The Source 406 Razorback Drive, Bentonville 479-330-9333

The Releaf Center 9400 McNelly Road, Bentonville 479-488-2071

Brookland

NEA Full Spectrum 12001 Highway 49, Brookland 870-634-6412

Clarksville

Johnson County Dispensary 131 Massengale, Clarksville

Clinton

Arkansas Natural Products 1303 HWY 65 N., Clinton 501-386-3166

Conway

Harvest Formerly Rock City Harvest 1200 Thomas G Wilson, Conway 501-504-6065

El Dorado

Zen Leaf 3213 N West Ave, El Dorado

Noah’s Ark (245) 3213 North West Avenue, El Dorado

Fayetteville

Acanza Health Group 2733 N. McConnell Ave, Fayetteville 800-266-9057

Purspirit Cannabis Co.  3390 Martin Luther King Blvd, Fayetteville 479-957-1973

Fort Smith

JPS Management LLC d/b/a Fort Cannabis Co 3904 Ayers Road, Fort Smith 479-551-2235

Helena

Greenlight Dispensary Formerly Delta Cultivators 2000 HWY 49 Bypass, Helena 870-714-6119

Hensley

Native Green Wellness Center (281) 26225 Highway 167, Hensley 501-993-0617

Herber Springs

Big Fish of Central Arkansas 3001 Hwy 25 BN, Heber Springs

Hot Springs

Suite 443 Formerly Doctor’s Orders 4893/4897 Malvern Avenue, Hot Springs 501-262-9333

Green Springs Medical 309 Seneca Street, Hot Springs 501-207-0420

Little Rock

Herbology Formerly Grassroots OPCO 7303 Kanis Road, Little Rock 501-236-6906

Harvest House of Cannabis 900 South Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock 501-238-4242

Morrilton

River Valley Dispensary W. Shady Lane, Morrilton

Mountain Home

Plant Family Therapeutics 5172 Hwy. 62 E., Mountain Home 870-709-0800

Mountainview

Fiddler’s Green Dispensary 16150 Highway 9, Mountain View 870-269-8600

Pine Bluff

Pain Free RX 47 River Road West, Pine Bluff

Pine Bluff Agriceuticals 108 Girder Field, Pine Bluff

Nature’s Herbs and Wellness of Arkansas Hwy 65 B Lots 6R & 7R, Pine Bluff

Russellville

420 Dispensary Formerly 420RX 3506 South Arkansas Ave, Russellville 479-498-4200

Sherwood

Natural Relief Dispensary 3107 East Kiehl Ave., Sherwood 501-487-6045

Texarkana

Bloom Medicinals of AR (97) 410 Realtor Road, Texarkana 870-934-8763

Red River Remedy (161) Formerly RX Med 4423 East Broad Street, Texarkana 870-330-4951

Warren

Arkansas Patient Services Company 179 Industrial Park Drive, Warren

West Memphis

THC RX, Inc. 3700 I40 Frontage Road East, West Memphis

Delta Cannabis Co. 1151 East Service Road, West Memphis

Comprehensive Care Group 201 and 203 N. Oak Street, West Memphis