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Despite the belief by Gov. Asa Hutchinson that medical marijuana use will likely remain consistent under President Donald Trump, others were uncertain of the impact a decision by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will have on the state’s medical marijuana industry, which is projected to also help the state’s economy.
Sessions on Thursday (Jan. 4) rescinded the Obama administration’s so-called Cole memo adopted by former U.S. Attorney Eric Holder in 2013, and said his department would return to the rule of law directed by Congress and follow well-established principles when pursuing prosecutions related to marijuana activities.
Storm Nolan, founder and president of the Fort Smith-based Arkansas Cannabis Industry Association, said the group does not think Sessions’ ruling will survive public opinion.
“The majority of the country has voted for cannabis, medical and adult-use. Seems like a political diversion,” he told Talk Business & Politics.
Some form of marijuana use has been legalized in 29 states and the District of Columbia. Oklahoma voters will decide on medical marijuana legalization on June 26.
I want to know the lastest status of your lawsuit (as of June 2). Has a new 5th position been named ect…
Hi, Janna. The Arkansas Supreme Court will hear this case this week on June 7th. They are expected to issue a written ruling sometime before their Summer recess. The ruling should state whether the existing application scoring will stand or be thrown out per Judge Griffen. The sooner the better so that we can start getting medicine in the hands of Arkansas patients.