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Pot Rx panel sued

Pot Rx panel sued

The first lawsuit over the state Medical Marijuana Commission’s scoring of the top five applicants for cultivation permits under the new medical marijuana law was filed Tuesday. The suit, by Naturalis Health of Little Rock, asks for an injunction against award of the permits. The suit was assigned to Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen. Defendants are the state Department of Finance and… View Article

Growers and $$

Growers and $$

Some, but not all, of the five companies the state has scored as eligible for cannabis cultivation in Arkansas included in their applications estimates of job hires and financial impact. Companies estimate hires between 25 and 60; two estimate payrolls will exceed $1 million. Beau Whitney, senior economist at New Frontier Data, which gathers information… View Article

Hemp hurdles

Hemp hurdles

Questions raised by Governor Hutchinson about whether regulations for industrial hemp research conflict with federal law and other queries have apparently slowed progress toward the implementation of the Arkansas Industrial Hemp Act. The Industrial Hemp Committee, which is under the state Plant Board, approved draft regulations in January. Plant Board Director Terry Walker met with… View Article

Cannabis study

Cannabis study

To gauge the perceived public health benefits of medical marijuana, researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences will conduct a groundbreaking five-year-long survey that could pave the way for understanding cannabis’ effect on health. The survey — which can be found at tinyurl.com/armedcannabis — is a voluntary web survey that will take 30 to 40… View Article

FDA limits CBD advertising

FDA limits CBD advertising

A company recently sent the Arkansas Times a press release advertising its cannabidiol (CBD) products, claiming they help with “relief of chronic pain,” “anti-inflammatory benefits,” “anxiety relief,” “sleep,” and “Cancer, Parkinson’s, and Diabetes fighting properties.” Making such claims is against FDA guidelines. The FDA is researching cannabidiol “as a new drug for which substantial clinical investigations have… View Article

Hemp panel meets

Hemp panel meets

The Industrial Hemp Committee held its first meeting Tuesday, passing draft regulations to the full Plant Board for approval and moving the state nearer to creating a bureaucracy for the new industry in Arkansas The board hopes that farmers will plant the first batch of industrial hemp this year. In the last legislative session, the Industrial Hemp Act —… View Article

Rx fees: a range

Rx fees: a range

Under Arkansas’s new medical marijuana program, doctors do not prescribe cannabis. Instead, they certify that patients have one or more of the 18 medical conditions that allow them to seek a medical marijuana card from the state Department of Health. To date, at least 21 doctors have agreed to sign the Physician Written Certification required… View Article

Pot and politics

Pot and politics

The politics of medical marijuana in Arkansas will be an interesting story as it evolves. Could it, for example, become an issue in congressional races? It is an issue that doesn’t break as neatly along partisan lines as, say, abortion and gay rights. A group supporting legal marijuana notes today that 69 U.S. representatives are pushing legislation to… View Article

Arkansas reacts

Arkansas reacts

Last week, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded an Obama-era memo that discouraged enforcement of federal marijuana restrictions on states where cannabis has been legalized. This does not necessarily mean the budding medical marijuana industry in Arkansas, approved by a 2016 ballot initiative, will be subject to prosecution by federal officials. But unless Congress keeps… View Article

Applications released

Applications released

The Medical Marijuana Commission released 326 applications from persons seeking to be licensed as dispensaries and/or cultivators of medical marijuana last week, documents that did not identify the applicant but did provide business names, phone numbers and names of the companies’ registered agents (including Asa Hutchinson III, the son of the governor, who is representing… View Article

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