LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas is now accepting applications for licenses to operate medical-marijuana dispensaries and cultivation facilities.


The state Department of Finance and Administration said in a news release its Alcoholic Beverage Control Division began accepting applications Friday. The application period will run through Sept. 18.


Arkansans voted in November to approve a constitutional amendment legalizing the purchase, possession and use of marijuana to treat certain medical conditions. The amendment originally required the state to begin accepting applications no later than June 1, but the Legislature voted to change the deadline to July 1.


The state Medical Marijuana Commission has said it will issue licenses for five cultivation facilities and 32 dispensaries.


Four dispensary licenses will be issued in each of eight geographical zones. Cultivation facilities can be located anywhere in the state.


ABC also released updated application forms Friday. The forms, as well as rules and regulations governing the medical-marijuana program, answers to frequently asked questions, and a map of the eight zones are available at mmc.arkansas.gov.


Questions about the application process should be directed to the commission via email at MMCAdmin@dfa.arkansas.gov.