The state Medical Marijuana Commission is on track to issue to the final two dispensary licenses in March after the commission approved rule changes on Thursday. 

The rule changes are expected to go before the Arkansas Legislative Council next month and, if approved, the commission could issue the final licenses at its meeting in March, commission spokesman Scott Hardin said. 

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The rule changes allow the commission to consider applications that are on file from a previous application period. The applications, which were submitted in 2017 and expired last year, are not currently eligible to receive the licenses. Without a rule change to allow the expired licenses to be considered, the commission would need to begin a new, and likely lengthy, application period in order to issue the licenses.  

The next applicants in line to receive licenses are Green Remedies Group of Garland County in Zone 6 and T&C Management of Texarkana in Zone 8. 

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The state constitutional amendment voters passed in 2016 allows the commission to issue a maximum of 40 dispensary licenses. The commission has issued 38 licenses and 37 dispensaries are currently open. The 38th dispensary, owned by 3J Investments, is expected to open

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