LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Senate on Monday approved a bill that would make changes to Arkansas’ recently adopted constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana.
In a 24-3 vote, the Senate approved and sent to the governor House Bill 1058 by Rep. Douglas House, R-North Little Rock. The bill would remove from the medical-marijuana amendment a requirement that a doctor recommending medical marijuana for a patient declare that the benefits of the drug are likely to outweigh the risks.
House has said many doctors are not comfortable making that declaration.
The bill also would change the amendment to state that a patient’s medical information submitted to obtain medical marijuana would be “confidential” but would not be considered “medical records.” House has said medical records are subject to the Health Information Privacy Protection Act, violations of which carry hefty fines.
The House approved the bill in a 70-23 vote last week.