Medical Marijuana

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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.

In Pine Bluff, Levon Lee sits at a table in his garage, the centerpiece of which is a decorative tin filled with marijuana cigarettes. “Matter of fact,” he says, toward the end of an afternoon, “it’s time for me to get to one now. I ain’t had me one all day!”

Lee is one of many Arkansans who would qualify for the state’s legal medical marijuana program but isn't waiting for legal marijuana. In his case, he flies to southern California, to where he had been legally acquiring medical marijuana through a doctor before that state made all marijuana legal Jan. 1. He wouldn’t say how that supply makes its way to his tabletop tin.

Jack Cross in Eureka Springs is a medical marijuana patient in Illinois, but he lives in Eureka Springs.

A quick Thursday roundup includes another hurdle for medical marijuana in Arkansas and recognition for mid-century architecture in Springdale.

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The Arkansas Cannabis Industry Association is hosting a training seminar later this month for those interested in working in the state's medical marijuana industry. Corey Hunt, an ACIA board member and event organizer, discusses the importance of training dispensary agents so they are equipped to make recommendations to patients. The seminar costs $149 and will be held Jan. 20 from 11 a.m.

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Dr. Tammy Post, who operates a medical practice on Willow Springs Road in Johnson has certified more than a hundred new patients for Arkansas medical cannabis cards. She distills the process and discusses the benefits.

The relationship America's Baby Boomer generation has with marijuana cannot be explained by teenage infatuation, followed by early adulthood ambition, followed finally by later-life acceptance, says Brookings Institution senior fellow John Hudak.

"I think that one of the important things to caution about when thinking about the Baby Boomer generation is that they are often characterized as a bunch of hippies smoking weed and having sex. In reality, marijuana use always was and continued to be something that is done by a small percentage of the population."

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Central Arkansas businessman, Brian Faught, has asked the city of Fayetteville to sell him a five-acre plot in the Commerce District for the construction of a medical marijuana cultivation facility. The deal is contingent on the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission giving Faught one of the five cultivation licenses later this year.

 

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