Arkansas growers gain licenses for medical pot


Arkansas officially licensed its first medical marijuana growers on Tuesday after a contentious application process and monthslong court battle.

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Razrbak says...

DFA says ABC Enforcement will investigate these questionable vendors. Big problem with that. ABC Enforcement Director Boyce Hamlet is a documented liar and cheat. He was fired by the Arkansas State Police for lying and cheating then hid his hiring and firing by the ASP to obtain jobs in law enforcement that he would not have been able to obtain had he told the truth. It's a cluster. Back in 2015, Judge Mackie Pierce stated that Hamlet posed problem for ABC Enforcement due to his issue with lack of honesty and trustworthiness.

Posted 11 July 2018, 7:06 a.m. Suggest removal

condoleezza says...

Use the term cannabis, not marijuana or pot, both of which carry historically negative connotations. Cannabis is neutral, scientific, and grown-up diction. Or is that too much for Gentle Editors to wrap their collective heads around?

Posted 11 July 2018, 8:09 a.m. Suggest removal

BoudinMan says...

doggod, then that would not align with the editors' agenda. They want to convey a "historically negative connotation." They so like the reefer madness aspect of this.

Posted 11 July 2018, 8:14 a.m. Suggest removal

condoleezza says...

BoudinMan, you got me there! I am waiting for them to contemplate the first patients smoking "doobies." LOL.

Posted 11 July 2018, 8:29 a.m. Suggest removal

JMort69 says...

I note that other publications in the state refer to this as "medical marijuana". One has to wonder what and whose prejudice is driving this publication? Clearly they are biased, and have been since opposing the amendment legalizing MM. Is this some personal grudge or is it just some out-of-date attitude? It certainly backs up the theory that impartial journalism is dead and reporters now express only their biased opinions. Too bad. No matter how this publication tries to continue the stigma attached to this product, we the people voted. Perhaps this reporter simply can't believe the people of our state didn't listen to them. If they were less prejudiced, maybe they would garner more respect. In the meantime, our mandate marches on, leaving this tired old editorial board behind.

Posted 11 July 2018, 8:51 a.m. Suggest removal

RBBrittain says...

Puhleeze. The amendment that created this program calls it "medical marijuana"; "pot" is a shorter term for "marijuana" which works better for headline writers. (The article also uses "medical cannabis" further down.) ADG reporters & headline writers are *NOT* carrying out some hidden anti-marijuana agenda by using those words OR reporting on legitimate issues with the process. If there were some hidden anti-marijuana agenda at play here, how come Judge Wendell Griffen (a judge so liberal that the Arkansas Supreme Court took him off death-penalty cases) was the one who ruled against the licenses, while the presumably anti-marijuana conservatives on the ASC overturned him? The problem here is the process so far stinks even worse than marijuana smoke!

Posted 11 July 2018, 9:16 a.m. Suggest removal

RBBrittain says...

Frankly, I think doggod is the one with the hidden agenda. Perhaps they're shilling for the folks behind the amendment that was knocked off the ballot, which called it "cannabis"?

Posted 11 July 2018, 9:23 a.m. Suggest removal

RBBrittain says...

One problem I do have with this article: It doesn't CLEARLY say that these are the SAME five growers who were about to be awarded the licenses when Judge Griffen issued his injunction months ago. (They are; I checked.) That only encourages the opponents to try again, arguing that the Supreme Court reversed him only on procedural grounds; the second suit will likely introduce even more evidence against the process, including the attempted bribe AND the plagiarism.

Posted 11 July 2018, 9:32 a.m. Suggest removal

Jfish says...

Well said RB, most people will always refer to it as marijuana or pot. All of you grumblers should just be happy that it was finally legalized. I usually don't agree with Wendell "I have an agenda" Griffen, but he did make some valid points in this case.

Posted 11 July 2018, 10:23 a.m. Suggest removal

condoleezza says...

RBBrittan. "Pot" is a street slang that comes with obvious baggage (ie. "pothead"). I am just asking that our paper use neutral language in its reporting. I mean, otherwise, why not just use slang all the time? "Piss" instead of "urinate," for instance. I mean, it would save headline space.

Posted 11 July 2018, 10:26 a.m. Suggest removal

MaxCady says...

I won't believe it until I see it packaged in a dispensary, just because the lawyers are still involved!

Posted 11 July 2018, 10:52 a.m. Suggest removal

arky12 says...

I would really like to see media refer to "pot" by it's actual name which is Cannabis. Marijuana is hispanic term of Cannabis which it was called during the time when politicians wanted it declared criminal so the terms pot and marijuana leave a bad taste in the mouths of many so let's call it what it is Medical Cannabis.

Posted 11 July 2018, 2:05 p.m. Suggest removal

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