Arkansas House Rejects Bill to Ban Marijuana Edibles

The House on Monday rejected a bill to ban the manufacture or sale of medical marijuana in food or drink.

House Bill 1392 by Rep. Robin Lundstrum, R-Springdale, received 52 votes in support and 40 against. Because it would change a voter-approved constitutional amendment, it required a two-thirds vote for passage, or at least 67 votes in the 100-member House.

The bill would allow a patient authorized to use medical marijuana to put the drug in his or her own food, or have it done by an approved caregiver, but dispensaries could not sell the drug in food.

Lundstrum told House members that when voters approved a constitutional amendment in November to legalize the medicinal use of marijuana by people with certain medical conditions, they were voting for medical marijuana only, not recreational marijuana. She said her bill would help ensure that only people who are authorized to ingest the...

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