The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Association on Monday named Dr. Regina Thurman of Fayetteville chairman of its board of directors.
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On May 3, 2017, the executive subcommittee of the Arkansas Legislative Council approved emergency medical marijuana rules for the state, governing the implementation of regulatory oversight, the application process and medical marijuana registration, testing and labeling.
On March 23, 2017, the Arkansas Senate voted to approve House Bill 1400 and Senate Bill 721, providing requirements and restrictions on the state’s medical marijuana program.
On Jan. 23, 2017, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed two medical marijuana bills, House Bill 1026 and House Bill 1058, to amend the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment of 2016.
On Dec. 7, 2016, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced appointments to the state’s medical marijuana commission. Hutchinson was accompanied by House Speaker Jeremy Gillam and Senate President Jon Dismang, both opponents of medical marijuana.
In the days following the election, employers, potential patients, dispensaries and cultivation facilities are wondering when the new law will go into effect and, perhaps more importantly, how it will be implemented.
Arkansas’ governor and lieutenant governor say legalizing medical marijuana would hurt the state’s efforts to attract businesses, targeting two proposals on the November ballot they say would prevent companies from being able to enforce drug-free workplaces.