Ark. Senator to Propose Bill on Banning Cannabis Smoking, Delayed Implementation

January 26, 2017
Legislation and regulation Medical News Politics State by State: Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- State lawmakers will soon debate two more possible changes to Arkansas’ medical marijuana law.  One bill that is likely to be filed would prohibit patients from smoking marijuana. The other would delay implementation until the federal government legalizes its use.

“All this is,” said State Senator Jason Rapert, “is snake oil wrapped up in a joint that you’re going to smoke.”

Sen. Rapert supports a smoking ban, and said he will author a bill to harmonize the state law with a federal law. He mentioned that he is watching the implementation of the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment closely, “to make sure that, if this is going to go forward, that it’s going forward as medicine. You don’t have to smoke dope and get high to get well.”

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