Regulations

What happens to marijuana and hemp waste?

What happens to marijuana and hemp waste?

Two state agencies have strict rules on how marijuana and hemp plant waste must be disposed of. The state Alcoholic Beverage Control Division, which regulates medical marijuana, and the state Department of Agriculture, which regulates hemp, provide rules for disposing of the waste.

Congressional committee rejects SAFE Banking Act

Congressional committee rejects SAFE Banking Act

The SAFE Banking Act will not be included in a broader economic development bill being considered in Congress. The SAFE Banking Act would have made banking more accessible for cannabis businesses and had the support of the Arkansas cannabis and banking industries. Supporters of the bill say it is not dead and efforts continue to pass cannabis banking legislation.

What’s that smell? Is it medical marijuana? Or just burned up applicants?

What’s that smell? Is it medical marijuana? Or just burned up applicants?

Department of Finance and Administration spokesman Scott Hardin mentioned to me yesterday that two of the five top scorers for medical marijuana cultivation permits —Natural State Medicinals, which plans a facility in Jefferson County, and the Bold Team, which plans to build in Cotton Plant, had submitted the money necessary for ratification of their permits. UPDATE: Delta Medical Cannabis also… 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

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

Medical marijuana applications: Got to go to Little Rock

Medical marijuana applications: Got to go to Little Rock

Local health units operated by the state of Arkansas will not handle applications for medical marijuana cards, a district manager tells a reporter for Areawide Media website, an online amalgamation of  Missouri papers The News, the South Missourian News and the Villager Journal. The site quotes Renee Brink, acting administrator for the Sharp County Health… View Article