Arkansas Bill Seeks to Ban Medical Marijuana Edibles

 A new bill seeks to limit the way medical marijuana patients could consume the drug in Arkansas.

If passed, Senate Bill 333 would outlaw what are known as marijuana "edibles." Edibles provide a way to ingest the drug and feel the effects without having to smoke it.

Senator Gary Stubblefield's legislation bans "combining medical cannabis with food or drink," which is how the edibles are formed and used. It does provide for exceptions in cases where patients qualify.

This bill is one of two dozen filed this session, aiming to tweak or regulate the medical marijuana amendment passed by voters last November.

This bill follows another bill seeking to ban the smoking of medical marijuana.


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Arkansas Legislators Look to Amend Medical Marijuana with Three New Proposed Bills

State Representative Robin Lundstrum (R-District 87) helped introduced three bills into the House that looked to amend the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment in several different ways.

On Monday, Rep. Lundstrum, along with Senator Gary Stubbefield (R-District 6) as a primary sponsor in the Senate, introduced a bill that would put a ban on medical marijuana edibles. The proposed amendment to the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment, HB1392, would not allow medical marijuana edibles to be manufactured, sold, purchased, or exchanged in Arkansas. However, a patient prescribed medical marijuana or their caregiver may still put marijuana into their food or drink.


Arkansas: Potential bill may make smoking medical marijuana illegal

State lawmakers will soon debate two more possible changes to Arkansas’ medical marijuana law.  One bill that is likely to be filed would prohibit patients from smoking marijuana. The other would delay implementation until the federal government legalizes its use.

“All this is,” said State Senator Jason Rapert, “is snake oil wrapped up in a joint that you’re going to smoke.”

Sen. Rapert supports a smoking ban, and said he will author a bill to harmonize the state law with a federal law. He mentioned that he is watching the implementation of the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment closely, “to make sure that, if this is going to go forward, that it’s going forward as medicine. You don’t have to smoke dope and get high to get well.”


Arkansas House OKs Delay to Medical Marijuana Program

The Arkansas House voted Tuesday to delay the launch of the state’s voter-approved medical marijuana program and ease a restriction on doctors who certify a patient is eligible to use the drug.

The bills are among the first of several that lawmakers are expected to take up in the coming weeks as they implement the constitutional amendment that legalizes cannabis for Arkansas residents with certain medical conditions.

The delay proposal, approved on a 91-0 vote, would give state agencies until early May rather than March to finalize the rules. It will also move the state’s deadline to begin accepting applications for dispensaries and cultivation facilities to July 1, rather than June 1.


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How Many Marijuana Plants can Producers Grow in Arkansas?

How many plants will marijuana producers in Arkansas be allowed to grow at a time?

It's a question regulators in Arkansas are facing... and its one that's caused big controversies in other states where medical marijuana is legal.

In Arkansas, there will be five marijuana cultivators supplying the drug to dispensaries across the state. But how much they will be allowed to grow at any given time remains a question.  

"You don't know exactly what the demand in the state of Arkansas is going to be," Marijuana amendment sponsor David Couch said.  

Just this week, the new Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission made getting into the pot growing business a pricy endeavor.


Arkansas Latest Marijuana State To Deny Small Business Opportunity

  • The state of Arkansas has become the latest medical marijuana state to exclude small business opportunities by setting outrageous fees and capital requirements for a tiny few marijuana licenses.

    The Medical Marijuana Commission decided on a $100,000 license fee for Arkansas growers of medical marijuana.

    The fee is on top of the $15,000 fee decided by the commission just to apply. If an applicant is rejected, half of the application fee will be refunded.

    The commissioners also decided on basic financial requirements for applicants hoping to have a cultivation facility. They voted that applicants must show proof of $1 million dollars in assets or a surety bond and must also show proof of $500,000 in cash.


Arkansas politicians opposed to medical marijuana will now make the rules for its rollout

What a difference one election can make.

The approval of a constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana and Donald Trump’s surprise White House win weren’t just two of the biggest political stories in Arkansas. They also upended the agenda for the upcoming legislative session and are likely to dominate Arkansas’ politics in 2017.

From establishing the first medical pot program in the Bible Belt to the future of a hybrid Medicaid expansion program covering thousands, the state faces plenty of questions in the new year.

Here’s a look at some of the issues and challenges to face the state in the next year:

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