The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Association is the leading voice for medical marijuana cultivators, distributors and businesses that serve the industry in the Natural State. The association board, a coalition of leaders in health care, agricultural and legal sectors, will engage in the policy making process to advocate for the industry, educate licensees on best practices to help self-regulate the industry, and conduct public education initiatives about the medical marijuana industry at large and the safe use of the drug for medicinal purposes.
A nine-member board will oversee the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Association. Board members are:
- Dr. Regina Thurman, medical director for Optimal Pain and Wellness in Fayetteville. She specializes in using comprehensive approaches for the treatment of pain.
- David Couch, partner at David A. Couch, PLLC. Couch authored Amendment 98 to legalize medical marijuana and directed the statewide campaign to pass the constitutional amendment. In addition to his work in the medical marijuana industry, Couch has established himself as one of the top legal advocates for elder Arkansans and is a member of the Arkansas Advocates for Nursing Home Residents and the National Citizens Coalition for Nursing Home Reform in Washington, D.C. where he served on the board of directors for several years. Couch is a native of Newport and a life-long Arkansan.
- Brent Whittington is the co-owner of Steep Hill Arkansas, a cannabis science and technology company with extensive expertise in laboratory testing, Whittington is also the owner and CEO of Moots Cycles, a premium bicycle manufacturer based in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. He serves on the board of directors of Rignet, a public company based in Houston, where he also serves as audit committee chair. Additionally, he is on the board of trustees of The Nature Conservancy of Arkansas
- Dustin McDaniel, partner at the Little Rock law firm McDaniel, Richardson and Calhoun. McDaniel was a two-term state Attorney General. As a legislator, he was chairman of the Joint Committee on Health Insurance and Prescription Drugs. McDaniel began his career as a police officer in his hometown of Jonesboro. Now, as co-chairman of the national Society of Attorneys General Emeritus (SAGE), McDaniel continues to work to protect the interests of children and families.
- Dr. Richard Douglas, managing partner at PMK Associates, a Virginia-based marketing and communications firm. Dr. Douglas is a former assistant deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture under President Reagan and member of President George H.W. Bush’s Export Advisory Council and was senior vice president for corporate affairs for Sun Diamond Growers of California.
- Kris Krane, president of 4Front Ventures, a holding company with subsidiaries that have developed the premier best practice operating standards for retail medical marijuana dispensaries. Before forming 4Front, Krane was director of client services for CannBe. He is on the boards of Students for Sensible Drug Policy, the National Cannabis Industry Association, Marijuana Majority, and Common Sense for Drug Policy.
- Dan Roda, chief legal officer of MediPays, a financial technology company offering electronic payments and compliance solutions for under-banked and nontraditional businesses and communities such as the cannabis industry.
- Montel Williams, national medical marijuana advocate and Emmy-award winning talk show host. Williams is also the founder of medical cannabis company Lenitiv Scientific.
- Dr. Rhonda Beck, partner at Trinity Herbal Compliance, LLP and currently serves as Director of Pharmacy for 503B. Dr. Beck is licensed in 11 states and has 15 years of experience in clinical hospital pharmacy, geriatric patient care and pharmaceutical compounding.