Sen. Jason Rapert (R-Conway) has filed legislation delaying implementation of the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment until marijuana has been legalized at the federal level.
Currently, the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment orders the State of Arkansas to begin authorizing and allowing the “medical” use of marijuana despite the fact that marijuana cultivation, sales, and possession are illegal under federal law. S.B. 238 delays the “medical marijuana” program in Arkansas until marijuana’s legal status changes under federal law.
Right now there is no question Arkansas’ marijuana amendment and related laws and programs blatantly violate federal law. Sen. Rapert’s bill puts these programs on hold until federal law changes, making it possible for Arkansas to move forward with a marijuana program that does not fundamentally violate laws established by Congress.