(AP) – Doctors prescribing medical marijuana won’t have to
tell Arkansas regulators that the benefits of marijuana outweigh the risks for
The Arkansas Senate gave final approval Monday to a bill that says doctors
don’t need to determine whether marijuana might be a better medicine for people
with certain medical conditions. Gov. Asa Hutchinson later signed the bill.
Much of Monday’s debate centered on whether legislators sworn to uphold the
U.S. Constitution could make decisions running counter to federal law. While
Arkansas voters have OK’d marijuana use by people with certain medical
conditions, federal law says otherwise.
Legislators previously said agencies had until May to set rules for the
program. They had been due in March under a constitutional amendment voters
approved in November. Hutchinson signed that bill, too.
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