Governor Considers Medical Marijuana Smoking Ban


Governor Asa Hutchinson says he’s willing to consider a ban on smoking medical marijuana, if it’s passed by the legislature.

That means changes to the amendment approved by voters in November. Hutchinson says this is a real balance between what Arkansas voters approved and parts that some lawmakers say are illegal and harmful. One plan is an indefinite delay in the law, pending a change in federal law. Another would allow the program to move forward, but would prevent patients from legally smoking weed.

“If the medical community says there’s a better delivery system, I think the legislature should consider the best delivery system for that medicine to get to the patient,” said Governor Asa Hutchinson.

The governor says he does not favor delaying the program as some have proposed. The amendment’s sponsor, David Couch says his idea was to pass a medical marijuana plan as a constitutional amendment, specifically so it couldn’t be tampered with.

Any constitutional amendment must have two thirds of the vote. Hutchinson said while President Trump supports medical marijuana, it’s up to the Justice Department to make a ruling.

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