Ark. legislators look to amend medical marijuana with three new proposed bills

Several medical marijuana bills moving forward

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - State Representative Robin Lundstrum (R-District 87) helped introduced three bills into the House that looked to amend the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment in several different ways.

On Monday, Rep. Lundstrum, along with Senator Gary Stubbefield (R-District 6) as a primary sponsor in the Senate, introduced a bill that would put a ban on medical marijuana edibles. The proposed amendment to the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment, HB1392, would not allow medical marijuana edibles to be manufactured, sold, purchased, or exchanged in Arkansas. However, a patient prescribed medical marijuana or their caregiver may still put marijuana into their food or drink.

Rep. Lundstrum has also introduced two other amendments to the medical marijuana law. Senator Jason Rapert (R-District 35) joined Lundstrum as a primary sponsor for House Bill 1400. The proposed amendment, which was filed on Monday at 4:20 p.m., would ban smoking marijuana in any location in Arkansas. The proposed bill does not goes into detail, but did strike out a rule that said landlords could permit a qualifying patient to smoke marijuana in a leased property.

The third proposed bill, HB1391, would introduce an emergency clause that states "local zoning regulations permitting or prohibiting dispensaries and cultivation facilities in certain locations must take effect prior to the issuing of licenses for dispensaries and cultivation centers." That means if the bill is passed, a city council or quorum court could ban dispensaries or cultivation centers without a public vote.

The proposed amendment also states this emergency clause is necessary because a city, incorporated town, or county may need more time to decide by a vote whether to prohibit a cultivation center or dispensary. Senator Bart Hester joined Lundstrum as the primary sponsor for HB1391.

HB1391 and HB1392 have been sent to Committee on House Rules while HB1400 has only been filed.

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