LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas legislators Thursday sent to the governor a bill to delay implementation of the state’s medical-marijuana program.


Without debate, the Senate voted 27-0 to approve House Bill 1026 by Rep. Douglas House, R-North Little Rock. The bill would delay the deadline for state agencies to adopt rules for the regulation of medical marijuana from 120 days to 180 days from the Nov. 8 passage of the state’s constitutional amendment legalizing medical-marijuana.


The bill also would delay the program’s launch from June 1 to July 1.


House has said Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s office asked him to file the bill because state agencies needed more time to prepare. He has said the backers of the amendment support the bill.


The Senate sent the bill to the House, which concurred in a Senate amendment that added a co-sponsor to the measure. The bill was then sent to the governor’s desk.


The Senate did not take up HB 1058 by House, which would make other changes to the medical-marijuana amendment, but is expected to consider the measure next week.