The Arkansas Cannabis Industry Association (ACIA) will host its second official ACIA endorsed cannabis dispensary agent training in Arkansas.

The training will be from 1-5 p.m. March 11 at the Holiday Inn Little Rock-Airport Conference Center at 3201 Bankhead Drive.

More than 500 attended the first ACIA Dispensary Agent Training in Fort Smith earlier this month.

The training seminar includes courses by health and dispensary professionals from Arkansas and across the United States. Attendees will learn the essential skills to professionally and compassionately consult critically ill patients and anticipate their needs.

Attendees will be provided an ACIA certificate of completion and placed into a job pool available to future cultivation and dispensary license holders.

“Our goal is to help shape a responsible and patient-focused Arkansas industry by preparing health professionals and dispensary agents for real-world scenarios,” ACIA Patient Advocacy Chair Corey Hunt said. “It is essential to do this now so that when the services become available in 2018, Arkansas dispensaries will be able to handle the demand for quality care.”

Special guest speakers include an Arkansas registered nurse, Arkansas licensed pharmacist, former professor from University of Central Arkansas, former Washington state dispensary manager and current medical cannabis educator from California.

The ACIA Dispensary Agent Training includes:

• State compliance, tips and techniques for job seekers arcawith Miles Crawford, from ARCannabis.Job.

• Introduction to cannabis analysis with Kyle Felling Ph.D.

• Limiting side effects and interactions with Josh Winningham, Pharm.D.

• Nursing considerations with Kerry Felling, RN BSN.

• A guide to compassionate patient consulting: Essential skills for Arkansas dispensary agents with Sara Payan, Director of Education at the Apothecarium in San Francisco.

• Medical cannabis inventory management with Derrick Bryant.

• Complete walkthrough of entry level dispensary and cultivation jobs

Attendees will have the option to add a 90 minute cultivation and harvesting training at the end of the Dispensary Agent Training, which organizers said will be especially important to those who want to work as cultivators, and extraction technicians.