Cannabis study

Cannabis study

To gauge the perceived public health benefits of medical marijuana, researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences will conduct a groundbreaking five-year-long survey that could pave the way for understanding cannabis' effect on health. The survey — which can be found at tinyurl.com/armedcannabis — is a voluntary web survey that...

FDA limits CBD advertising

FDA limits CBD advertising

A company recently sent the Arkansas Times a press release advertising its cannabidiol (CBD) products, claiming they help with "relief of chronic pain," "anti-inflammatory benefits," "anxiety relief," "sleep," and "Cancer, Parkinson's, and Diabetes fighting properties." Making such claims is against FDA guidelines. The FDA is researching cannabidiol "as a new drug for...

Hemp panel meets

Hemp panel meets

The Industrial Hemp Committee held its first meeting Tuesday, passing draft regulations to the full Plant Board for approval and moving the state nearer to creating a bureaucracy for the new industry in Arkansas The board hopes that farmers will plant the first batch of industrial hemp this year. In the last...

Medical marijuana applications: Got to go to Little Rock

Medical marijuana applications: Got to go to Little Rock

Local health units operated by the state of Arkansas will not handle applications for medical marijuana cards, a district manager tells a reporter for Areawide Media website, an online amalgamation of  Missouri papers The News, the South Missourian News and the Villager Journal. The site quotes Renee Brink, acting administrator...

Rx fees: a range

Rx fees: a range

Under Arkansas's new medical marijuana program, doctors do not prescribe cannabis. Instead, they certify that patients have one or more of the 18 medical conditions that allow them to seek a medical marijuana card from the state Department of Health. To date, at least 21 doctors have agreed to sign...

Pot and politics

Pot and politics

The politics of medical marijuana in Arkansas will be an interesting story as it evolves. Could it, for example, become an issue in congressional races? It is an issue that doesn't break as neatly along partisan lines as, say, abortion and gay rights. A group supporting legal marijuana notes today that 69 U.S....

Arkansas reacts

Arkansas reacts

Last week, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded an Obama-era memo that discouraged enforcement of federal marijuana restrictions on states where cannabis has been legalized. This does not necessarily mean the budding medical marijuana industry in Arkansas, approved by a 2016 ballot initiative, will be subject to prosecution by federal...

Applications released

Applications released

The Medical Marijuana Commission released 326 applications from persons seeking to be licensed as dispensaries and/or cultivators of medical marijuana last week, documents that did not identify the applicant but did provide business names, phone numbers and names of the companies' registered agents (including Asa Hutchinson III, the son of...

Rx card event

Rx card event

A Medicinal Purpose, an Arkansas company established this year to provide physician evaluations for patients seeking a medical marijuana card that entitles them to legally buy and use cannabis to treat health conditions, will hold an evaluation event from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 23 at the Holiday Inn, 10920...

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