Reefer Madness continues at the Capitol | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Reefer Madness continues at the Capitol

Posted By on Thu, Oct 20, 2016 at 10:11 AM

imgres.jpg

The legislature's Joint Performance Review Committee is to hear from Hutchinson administration officials this afternoon about the potential "impact" of the two medical marijuana measures on the Nov. 8 ballot.

Speakers will come from the Health Department, which would have regulatory authority over the procedure established in the initiated act, which sets up nonprofit dispensaries, and from Alcoholic Beverage Control, which would regulate for-profit dispensaries set up by the constitutional amendment. Other speakers include a representative from the Department of Finance and Administration and Col. Bill Bryant, director of the State Police.

No documents are available on-line on the presentations, but I think it safe to expect  predictions of dramatic and damaging impact on the state, given the talking points already being regularly pressed by the Hutchinson administration. More burdens on agencies and so forth. I will be interested in the estimate of revenue from the tax that would be applied on sales under the amendment. There's ample experience in other states as a benchmark — marijuana has been legalized for medical use in half the states.

Speaking of medical marijuana: The Arkansas Supreme Court issued opinions today but they did not include a finding on a pending question: Whether the initiated act's signatures were sufficient to qualify the measure for the ballot. A special master has issued a favorable finding, but the Supreme Court gets the last word. It has cleared both measures as to the form of their ballot titles.

PS: A reader notes:

Support for Legal Marijuana Use Up to 60% in U.S. ("With voters in several states deciding this fall whether to legalize the use of marijuana, public support for making it legal has reached 60% — its highest level in Gallup's 47-year trend.")
National polls don't necessarily mean anything in Arkansas. See: Donald Trump.

UPDATE: No surprise. AP report on legislature says state officials claim both proposals will cost double what they will raise in taxes, about $2.5 million in either case. Guess what? We spend more on legislative salaries and benefits than providing comfort to sick people will cost and nobody complains about that. At least nobody in the legislature does.

Tags: , , ,

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (2)

Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Charter school accountability: Non-existent in Arkansas

    A state audit finds charter school spending violated state law, but the state Education Department says it has no responsibility for ensuring proper management of charter schools. Say what?
    • Mar 5, 2016
  • A response to police arrests becomes a tutorial on race, class and policing in Little Rock

    John Walker, the 79-year-old civil rights lawyer, and his associate, Omavi Shukur, 29, a young lawyer devoted to criminal justice reform, talked to press this afternoon about their arrests Monday by Little Rock police for supposedly obstructing governmental operations in observing and attempting to film a routine police traffic stop. It was a tutorial on sharp views of race, class and governance in Little Rock.
    • Sep 29, 2016
  • Policy group urges opposition to new charter seats in Little Rock

    The Arkansas Public Policy Panel is urging supporters of the Little Rock School District to tell state Board of Education members they oppose applications to be heard this week to dramatically expand the number of charter school seats in the Little Rock School District.
    • Mar 9, 2016

Most Shared

  • Guest Playlist: Flap Jones of "Not Necessarily Nashville" schools us on real country music

    "Not Necessarily Nashville," which airs on KUAR-FM 89.1 every Saturday, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., celebrates three decades of the "best of the rest of country music" Saturday, October 21 at the White Water Tavern with Brad Williams of The Salty Dogs & The Creek Rocks, and we asked host Flap Jones to curate a playlist for us ahead of that anniversary celebration.
  • Discussion: State killing of the mentally ill

    The Arkansas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and others will have a forum on mental illness and the death penalty at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Bowen School of Law's Friday Courtroom.

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation