State Senator Missy Irvin celebrates marijuana amendment’s defeat, deletes inaccurate tweet

State Senator Missy Irvin celebrates marijuana amendment’s defeat, deletes inaccurate tweet



Arkansas state Sen. Missy Irvin (R-Mountain View) seems to have deleted a misinformed tweet she fired off after learning the proposed amendment to legalize recreational marijuana in Arkansas had been shot down by a state board yesterday. 

The tweet, which can still be found on Google if not Twitter, is shown here as a screenshot: 

DELETED: State Senator Missy Irvin seems to have deleted a tweet about legalizing recreational marijuana.

The problem? It’s not accurate. 

The Arkansas Adult Use Cannabis Amendment, sponsored by Responsible Growth Arkansas, would change the state’s marijuana taxing structure. It would eliminate the taxes on medical marijuana, which consist of a 6.5% sales tax paid by patients and a 4% privilege tax paid by dispensaries when they make purchases from cultivators. 

The 6.5% sales tax was included in the amendment voters approved in 2016 legalize medical marijuana. The state legislature instituted the privilege tax in 2017 and all of the revenue from the privilege tax goes toward the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ efforts to achieve a National Cancer Institute designation. According to UAMS spokeswoman Leslie Taylor, UAMS has received $72 million from the tax so far. 

While the Responsible Growth amendment would eliminate the taxes on medical marijuana, it would implement a 10% tax on recreational marijuana. According to the amendment, 10% of those tax revenues would go “to fund the operations of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.” 

The Board of Election Commissioners unanimously voted Wednesday not to certify the ballot title for the amendment. Responsible Growth’s counsel said the group will appeal directly to the Supreme Court this week.