Robert deBin has been elected board president of the Arkansas Cannabis Industry Association effective immediately. The organization said Monday (March 19) the move was made so that the board president is a cultivation licensee.
deBin replaces Storm Nolan who stepped down after the Board decided the association should be led by a license holder. Nolan founded the association and has served as the president since its inception in February 2017.
deBin is a Little Rock native and graduate of the University of Arkansas Walton School of Business. In addition to serving on the ACIA’s board of directors, he owns and operates a technology services company based in Little Rock. He is a co-founder of Natural State Medicinals, one of five groups selected by the Medical Marijuana Commission to grow medical cannabis in Arkansas.
“We want to reassure Arkansans that medical cannabis will have a positive impact on our state. Our desire is for current legal challenges to be resolved in short order. In the meantime, we will continue to do what we do best, and that is to educate patients, physicians, policy makers and other stakeholders about the vast benefits of medical cannabis,” deBin noted in an ACIA statement.