A vacancy on the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission was filled yesterday by the appointment of an Arkansas Children’s Hospital nurse who advocates
Justin Smith, 38, of
Dismang said Smith’s clinical experience was a plus in his appointment and also said Smith wanted the law implemented as soon as possible. It’s been 26 months since voters approved medical marijuana. Wednesday, the commission may finally get around to approving a consultant’s scoring of applications for dispensary licenses. No medical marijuana has yet been cultivated for sale in the state. Gov. Asa Hutchinson just last week discouraged those approved by doctors for use of the drug from taking their cards (when finally issued) to obtain medical marijuana easily available in neighboring Oklahoma.
A quote in the D-G article from Smith was hopeful for those who support medical marijuana.
Smith said he’s seen cannabis derivatives work effectively in the treatment of children with epilepsy.
“I’ve seen it work with my own eyes,” Smith said on Monday. “When you see that, it kind of changes your mind and perspective on things. Especially in my case, when you see it work on children, you can’t really deny it has some benefit with proper application.”