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Arkansas medical marijuana vendors to be chosen by merit


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission has opted to license dispensaries based on the merit of their applications instead of using a lottery.

The decision made Wednesday reverses a draft rule that required dispensary applicants to meet minimum requirements to enter a lottery in order to present their plan to the commission, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette ( ) reported.

With its decision, the commission also eliminated an option that would have reduced regulation and costs for dispensaries that didn't grow marijuana.

The commission made the de...

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