Medical Marijuana Amendment of 2016

Attorney Gary Green discusses the Medical Marijuana Amendment of 2016 on KATV’s Good Morning Arkansas.

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Arkansas officially legalized medical marijuana November 8, 2016, paving the way for those who have any of 18 qualifying conditions to legally access dispensaries. These conditions include glaucoma, Alzheimer’s, cancer, Tourette’s, fibromyalgia, post-traumatic stress disorder, and Crohn’s disease. Patients with a written statement from their doctor and ID cards from the Department of Health will be able to acquire marijuana for medicinal purposes from licensed businesses; they will not be able to grow their own marijuana plants.

This new law of the land in Arkansas is still unfolding before our eyes, and it’s a new practice area for Law Offices of Gary Green. We aim to help clients navigate the application process, and we will help successful applicants with systems, compliance, and litigation.

The Department of Health is expected to begin accepting applications for medical dispensaries by June 1, 2017. The recently passed amendment states that there must be at least 20 and no more than 40 dispensaries statewide, and there must be at least 4 cultivation facilities and no more than 8. The new program will be overseen by a not-yet-created medical marijuana commission, as well as the ABC (Alcoholic Beverage Control) Division.

There are still conflicts with federal laws, and dispensaries and users must comply with all state laws and regulations.

Common sense and safety must be used, and it’s imperative to remember that driving high is deadly dangerous. Don’t use and drive, even if you have a prescription.

Local governments can enact zoning regulations, as long as those regulations are the same as for a traditional pharmacy. Much like wet/dry counties in Arkansas, voters can ban medical marijuana use in their city, town, or county via local elections.

For those who don’t acquire a licence, there will still be opportunities to support this burgeoning industry, which is expected to bring hundreds of tax-paying jobs and taxes to the mainstream.

This is a cash crop in many ways, and can provide income to farmers and dispensaries licensed to grow and sell it. It’s also a cash business, because banks are afraid to violate federal banking laws.

From grow-masters to trimmers to bud-tenders, this is a new deal with new jargon and will require seed-to-sale accounting and compliance.

Questions? Call Law Offices of Gary Green toll-free at 1-888-4GARYGREEN or email ggreen@gGreen.com.  Read the entire Medical Marijuana Amendment of 2016 by clicking on the link below:

The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment of 2016

 

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