State medical board chair no longer a member of marijuana trade group | Arkansas Blog

Sunday, August 13, 2017

State medical board chair no longer a member of marijuana trade group

Posted By on Sun, Aug 13, 2017 at 8:53 AM

Dr. Steve Cathey, a neurosurgeon who's chair of the state Medical Board, is longer a member of the board of the recently formed Arkansas Medical Marijuana Association, a trade group for those who'll be growing and selling medical marijuana under a new state law.

That's the word from David Couch of Little Rock, who's acting executive director of the association.

Cathey's participation became an issue last week when Gov. Asa Hutchinson told reporter Wesley Brown he didn't think the chair of the Medical Board should be a participant in a marijuana advocacy group. It is, of course, now a legal drug in Arkansas for medical purposes.

Cathey has not commented. Couch said he had asked Cathey to serve on the board and he had agreed. But he said he did  "step down" Friday following the governor's comments. Couch disputed an account by Kevin Dwyer, attorney for the state Medical Board. Dwyer said Cathey had declined to serve because of a conflict of interest.

"Dwyer is wrong," Couch said.

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