Firm picked to rank applicants for Arkansas medical marijuana vending licenses

Posted: August 17, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

FILE - This Sept. 30, 2016, file photo shows a marijuana bud before harvesting at a rural area near Corvallis, Ore. The Oregon agency overseeing the state's legal medical marijuana industry admits in a report it has not effectively provided oversight of growers and others, creating opportunities for weed to be diverted into the highly profitable black market. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky, File)

A Boston-based consultant is set to grade the more than 200 applications for Arkansas' first medical marijuana dispensary licenses -- a move geared to steer the process away from the controversy that embroiled the awarding of growing permits earlier this year.

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