Senate rejects medical-marijuana bill


LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Senate on Tuesday rejected a bill that would let the state Medical Marijuana Commission decide whether to allow a medical-marijuana dispensary to grow marijuana plants.


Senate Bill 254 by Sen. Greg Standridge, R-Russellville, received 16 yes votes and 15 no votes. Because it would amend a voter-approved constitutional amendment, it needed a two-thirds vote to pass, or 24 votes in the 35-member Senate.


The constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana that voters approved in November allows a dispensary to grow up to 50 marijuana plants at a time. Standridge’s bill would give the commission control over whether dispensaries could grow marijuana.


The bill would not allow the commission to authorize a dispensary to grow more than 50 plants. It would not affect the ability of cultivation centers to grow marijuana.


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House votes to end session May 5


LITTLE ROCK — The House voted 92-1 Tuesday to adopt a resolution calling for the House and Senate to go into recess no later than April 7 and formally adjourn the session no later than May 5.


House Concurrent Resolution 1010 by House Speaker Jeremy Gillam, R-Judsonia, goes to the Senate.


The session began Jan. 9.