Arkansas House OKs delay in medical marijuana launch

     (AP) – The Arkansas House has approved delaying the launch of
the state's medical marijuana program and legislation easing the requirements
for doctors who certify a patient is eligible to use the drug.
     The House voted 91-0 on Tuesday to give state agencies until early May rather
than March to finalize the rules for the program voters approved in November.
The measure, which now heads to the Senate, also moves the deadline for the
state to accept dispensary applications from June 1 to July 1.
     The lawmaker behind the measure says the time is needed to allow more public
     The House also approved a bill by 70-23 vote that would remove the requirement
that doctors who certify a patient is eligible state that the benefits of the
drug outweigh its risks.


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