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State Supreme Court airs grievances against marijuana commission

State Supreme Court airs grievances against marijuana commission

Earlier this month, the state Supreme Court reversed and dismissed a case over dispensary licenses in favor of the state Medical Marijuana Commission. A dissenting opinion authored by associate justice Courtney Hudson, and joined by associate justice Robin Wynne, aired some of the court’s frustrations with the commission’s “refusal to follow its constitutional mandate.”  Kyle… View Article

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

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

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

Banker signs on for Rx accounts

Banker signs on for Rx accounts

John Stacks, the chairman and CEO of a small Arkansas bank, last year voted against the amendment that allowed the sale of medical marijuana in Arkansas. But Stacks attributes his opposition to a “lack of knowledge” of the benefits of cannabis, and announced this week that his bank, HomeBank of Arkansas, will handle accounts from… View Article

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