Senate passes medical pot bills aimed at protecting kids

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) The Arkansas Senate has passed two bills aimed at
restricting medical marijuana's desirability to children by limiting manufacture
and processing of edible marijuana and by restricting marijuana advertising.The two bills passed Tuesday both codify rules already spelled out by the
state's Alcoholic Beverage Control division.

One bill says medical marijuana cannot be manufactured in a way that would
appeal to children, such as in cartoon character shapes or in ``familiar'' foods
like candy or brownies. It does not regulate home use of edible marijuana
products. The bill passed 26-2. The three members of the North Central delegation, Senators Scott Flippo of Bull Shoals, Missy Irvin of Mountain View and Breanne Davis of Russellville, were among the 26 supporting the measure.

The second bill, passed unanimously, regulates marijuana advertising including
by requiring health risk statements in ads to dispensaries and prohibiting
advertising near schools and in programming that might be seen by children.

The bills have been sent to the House.

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