Medical Marijuana

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Medical marijuana registry cards are typically good for a year, but the Arkansas Department of Health suspended expiration dates earlier this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ADH is now reinstating them and all cards that expire on or before Sept. 30 must be renewed by the end of the month.

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Arkansas's medical marijuana industry appears to be immune to the coronavirus pandemic, according to Scott Hardin, spokesperson for the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission. Sales are surging, with more dispensaries providing home delivery.

As the number of coronavirus cases in the state continues to rise, those involved with political petitions are finding it difficult to gather signatures. We hear from Melissa Fults, the executive director of Arkansans for Cannabis Reform, which is behind the Arkansas Adult Use Cannabis Amendment, about the challenges.

The Harrison City Council has approved an ordinance to control public use of medical marijuana within city limits by patients registered to use. Police Chief Chris Graddy, who authored the draft code, discusses the rationale and how the new law will be implemented. We also survey other Northwest Arkansas municipalities which have enacted or are considering similar measures.

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Since the first medical marijuana dispensary in Arkansas opened last May, patients across the state have spent over $40 million purchasing more than 6,200 pounds of medical marijuana. There are 18 dispensaries currently in operation, but more than 30 percent of sales are taking place at the four dispensaries in Northwest Arkansas.

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Harrison City Council, Thursday evening, will consider a draft ordinance -- one of the first like it in the state -- to regulate the use of medical marijuana within city limits. Assistant Police Chief John Cagle says if passed, the code will allow city police to strictly enforce existing state rules and regulations.

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Researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences are documenting public beliefs and perceptions of marijuana as a medical treatment through a series of anonymous surveys, the first longitudinal study of its kind in the U.S.

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Arkansas patients legally certified to purchase and use medical cannabis lack empirical medical guidance on dosing and impairment, placing them at certain risk, experts say.

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Since a 1930s prohibition on hemp farming was lifted last year by the federal government, more than a 100 hemp cultivation licenses have been issued in Arkansas. Hemp cultivation remains tightly regulated until new federal laws are developed. We take a tour of Arkansas Hemp Genetics, a new medicinal hemp farm in rural Washington County. 

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Five months after the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act, a voter-approved ballot initiative, officially took effect in early November 2016, handgun carrying laws greatly expanded in Arkansas as well, but gun owners who register as medical marijuana patients are federally prohibited from purchasing or even owning a gun.

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