By Zachary Babin - March 20, 2017
An Arkansas House committee Wednesday advanced a bill to ban medical marijuana in food or drink products. The panel also advanced a bill to ban smoking medical marijuana in certain locations and rejected a measure to allow cities and counties to pass medical-marijuana regulations. House Bill 1392 by Rep. Robin Lundstrum, R-Springdale, would ban the manufacture, sale or use of food or drink products containing marijuana. A patient or a caregiver of a patient authorized to use medical marijuana would be allowed to put the drug in food or drink for personal use under the bill. HB 1400 by Lundstrum, would ban smoking medical marijuana any place where tobacco smoking is not allowed or in the presence of a person under age 14, in a vehicle, in the presence of a woman the smoker knows is pregnant, or in a place where smoking the drug likely would cause a person not authorized to use marijuana to be under the influence of marijuana, such as a small, enclosed space. The bill also would ban anyone under age 21 from smoking medical marijuana.