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More Medical Cannabis Laws, Arkansas

Whilst this is not unique to Little Rock in Arkansas, here’s some more information about the laws dispensaries and medical cannabis patients have to be aware of …


Act 740 prohibits the smoking of marijuana in any place where smoking tobacco is prohibited, in the presence of a child under age 14 or a pregnant woman, in a motor vehicle, and in a place where it could affect a person not authorized to use marijuana. Act 740 also bans anyone under age 21 from smoking medical marijuana, although those aged 18 or over may still qualify from non-smokeable preparations.


Act 1023 prohibits dispensaries from using vending machines and prohibits marijuana use at dispensaries and cultivation facilities. Act 1023 requires all packaging at dispensaries and cultivation facilities to be childproof. It also limits food or drink combined with marijuana to contain no more than 10 milligrams of active THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). Adding to this is Act 640 banning advertising, marketing, packaging, and promotions that would appeal to children, including artwork, building signage and product design.


Act 1935 allows public schools to prevent students from attending school or school events if it believes the student is impaired by medical marijuana.


Act 479 by Rep. Trevor Drown, R-Dover, banned members of the Arkansas National Guard or the United States military from being qualifying patients or designated caregivers and banned the use of the drug on property controlled by the National Guard or the military.


Employers are not prohibited from implementing substance abuse or drug-free workplace policies, including drug testing. Employers can reassign, suspend or terminate employees or refuse to hire them if they suspect cannabis use.


Senate Bill 238 by Sen. Jason Rapert, R-Conway, would have delayed the legalization of medical marijuana in Arkansas until it was legal in the United States, but this Bill didn’t go through. Senate Bill 333 by Sen. Gary Stubblefield, R-Branch, would have made it illegal for anyone except qualifying patients and designated caregivers to combine marijuana with food and drink, and effectively stopped dispensaries and manufacturers from selling their own edibles.


Act 5 by House, removed the amendment’s requirement that physicians certify that the benefits of the drug for qualifying patients potentially outweighed the risks. The bill was signed into law Jan. 24 after House argued that the original language would have left many physicians unwilling to prescribe the drug because there is no accepted medical standard regarding marijuana’s efficacy – it is, after all, federally illegal and many governments the world over have stated similarly, even if they make medical cannabis products anyway!


So, as you can see, Arkansas generally is not very cannabis-friendly!