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Monday, March 6, 2017

A win for pot smokers; delay on wine bill

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U)P IN SMOKE: Sen. Jason Rapert's effort to stop marijuana smoking failed in the Senate today. Which reminded me of this earlier bit of inspired photo shopping. - BLUE HOG REPORT
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  • U)P IN SMOKE: Sen. Jason Rapert's effort to stop marijuana smoking failed in the Senate today. Which reminded me of this earlier bit of inspired photo shopping.

From the Arkansas Senate today:

* POT SMOKING: Sen. Jason Rapert got only 10 ayes for his bill to prohbit smoking of marijuana, medical or not. 15 voted no. 10 more didn't vote. He swore his bill was about health, to save marijuana users from the ill effects of smoking. You don't smoke firewood, do you? Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson, who campaigned against marijuana, said the Senate should heed the will of the people who passed the amendment and expected smoking would be a popular means of ingestion. He said many had told him it was a superior vehicle for certain conditions.

* WINE SALES: The Senate was scheduled today to complete action on allowing grocery stores to sell all wines, not just native and small farm wines. It had passed the bill previously, but it has a House amendment now. It would appear retail liquor store opposition is having an effect in the Senate. The bill was passed over. One previous supporter defected, which might have dropped support to 17 senators, one shy of the number needed for passage.

UPDATE: Also today, the Senate failed to muster the 27 votes necessary to amend the section of the Constitution related to voter registration to allow Voter ID requirements. The vote was expunged and can be tried again. A separate constitutional amendment on Voter ID is likely heading to voters in 2018.

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