Arkansas Medical Marijuana Association names Board Chairman

Posted by Sagar Satapathy on August 28, 2017.

The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Association has named a Fayetteville physician as the chairman of its board of directors.

“Dr. Regina Thurman of Fayetteville will replace Dr. Steve Cathey as chairman of the Arkansas State Medical Board”, the association said in a statement on Monday. “Cathey chose not to serve on its board to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest with his position in the board.”

Currently, Thurman occupies the position of medical director for Optimal Pain & Wellness in Fayetteville. She specializes in using comprehensive approaches for the treatment of pain.

"I am eager to begin working with Arkansas' premier medical marijuana industry group to help better educate physicians and medical professionals throughout the state about regulations, policies and best practices for safe medical marijuana use," Thurman stated in a press release.

 The association says it'll be a "leading voice" for cultivators, distributors and business serving the medical marijuana industry.

 “With Thurman on board, the association has board members who have backgrounds in medicine, pharmaceuticals, agriculture and law, and board members who have specific experience within the medical cannabis industry in other states”, said David Couch, a board member and acting executive director of the association, who also headed the campaign for the medical marijuana measure in the state.

The association is a trade group for the state's medical marijuana industry. The board was established last November, soon after Arkansas voters approved a new constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana for patients with certain medical conditions.

Applications for membership to the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Association will soon be available on the association's website,

Full membership is open to marijuana cultivators and distributors, while affiliate memberships will be accessible to all corporations and businesses related to the medical marijuana industry.

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