Benton backs med bud sales

Benton backs med bud sales



Benton voted this week to allow medical cannabis dispensaries and cultivation centers to be permitted and constructed within city limits. Ordinance 52 of 2017 allows the facilities to be built in retail areas. Under the ordinance, dispensaries and cultivators aren’t to be located close to schools, childcare centers and churches. Though the board passed the ordinance, Benton Mayor David Mattingly said he opposes the facilities, telling the board, “I still don’t think this is the way we should be going. If I had greater influence or had been asked, I would have said, ‘Why aren’t we doing this in pharmacies with all the other kind of drugs? Why have we created a whole new industry?’ ” On July 24, the board had voted to put a 90-day moratorium on issuing permits for any new dispensary and cultivation center applications.

The Arkansas National Guard has issued a video warning soldiers that they can still face military punishment for marijuana use, even if they are prescribed the drug by a doctor. The video, posted Nov. 13 to the Arkansas National Guard Facebook page, directs soldiers to a July 7 memo outlining the Guard’s strict policies on marijuana use by soldiers, written by Maj. Gen. Mark H. Berry. The video begins with a graphic saying, “Marijuana use is not compatible with military service,” before warning: “Arkansas soldiers and airmen will still face administrative action or military justice for any marijuana use.” The text is accompanied by a still shot of arms in fatigues wearing handcuffs. The video ends with another graphic that says: “Take care of your career. Don’t smoke marijuana recreationally or medically.”