Senate Passes Bill Generally Banning Marijuana-Smoking

March 23, 2017 | Posted in Marijuana | By

Today the Arkansas Senate voted to pass H.B. 1400.

This good bill¬†generally prohibits marijuana-smoking in Arkansas. It prevents people from smoking marijuana anywhere that tobacco smoking is prohibited by law–such as in restaurants–as well as around young children and pregnant women; and it also prohibits anyone under the age of 21 from smoking marijuana.¬†You can read the bill here.

Thirty-one senators voted for the bill. Only one senator voted against it. Below is a breakdown of the vote.

Voted for the Bill

Bond Caldwell E. Cheatham L. Chesterfield A. Clark Collins-Smith
J. Cooper J. Dismang L. Eads Elliott J. English Files
Flippo T. Garner J. Hendren Hester Hickey J. Hutchinson
K. Ingram Irvin B. Johnson Maloch Rapert Rice
B. Sample D. Sanders Standridge G. Stubblefield Teague D. Wallace
E. Williams

Voted Against the Bill

U. Lindsey

Did Not Vote

S. Flowers

Excused from the Senate Chamber

Bledsoe B. King

AR House Fails to Ban Marijuana Edibles

March 20, 2017 | Posted in Marijuana | By

This afternoon the Arkansas House of Representatives failed to pass H.B. 1392 by Rep. Robin Lundstrum (R-Elm Springs).

This good bill prohibits companies from making or selling dangerous marijuana edibles in Arkansas.

Medical marijuana users, caregivers, and hospitals would still be able to mix marijuana with food or drink at home to aid ingestion, but companies wouldn’t be able to sell dangerous products infused with marijuana.

In other states, marijuana edibles routinely send people–especially children–to the emergency room. These are extremely dangerous products. H.B. 1392 helps keep them out of Arkansas.

The bill needed 67 votes to pass. It received only 52. Below is a breakdown of the vote.

Voted For the Bill (52 Representatives)

Ballinger Baltz Barker Beck Bentley Boyd
Bragg Branscum Brown Burch Capp Coleman
Collins Dalby Davis Deffenbaugh Della Rosa Dotson
C. Douglas Eubanks Farrer D. Ferguson C. Fite Gates
Gonzales K. Hendren Holcomb Jean Lowery Lundstrum
Maddox Magie A. Mayberry McCollum McNair D. Meeks
S. Meeks Miller Payton Penzo Pilkington Pitsch
Richmond Sabin Shepherd B. Smith Speaks Sturch
Sullivan Tosh Wardlaw J. Williams

Voted Against the Bill (40 Representatives)

F. Allen E. Armstrong Blake Cavenaugh Cozart D. Douglas
K. Ferguson Fielding L. Fite V. Flowers Fortner Gazaway
M. Gray M.J. Gray Hammer Hillman Hollowell House
Johnson Leding Lemons Love Lynch McElroy
G. McGill Murdock Nicks Petty Richey Rushing
Rye Sorvillo Tucker Vaught Walker Warren
Watson D. Whitaker Wing Womack

Did Not Vote (8 Representatives)

Drown Eaves Henderson M. Hodges G. Hodges Jett
Ladyman Mr. Speaker

AR House Votes to Ban Marijuana Smoking

March 20, 2017 | Posted in Marijuana | By

Last week the Arkansas House voted to prohibit or regulate marijuana smoking throughout much of Arkansas.

The bill is H.B. 1400 by Rep. Robin Lundstrum (R-Elm Springs).

It now goes to the Arkansas Senate. Below is a breakdown of the vote on the bill.

Voted For The Bill (88 Representatives)

F. Allen E. Armstrong Ballinger Baltz Barker Beck
Bentley Blake Boyd Bragg Branscum Burch
Capp Cavenaugh Coleman Collins Cozart Dalby
Della Rosa Dotson D. Douglas C. Douglas Drown Eaves
Eubanks Farrer D. Ferguson K. Ferguson Fielding C. Fite
L. Fite V. Flowers Fortner Gates Gonzales M. Gray
M.J. Gray Hammer K. Hendren Hillman M. Hodges G. Hodges
Holcomb Hollowell House Jean Jett Johnson
Ladyman Leding Lemons Love Lowery Lundstrum
Lynch Maddox Magie A. Mayberry McCollum McElroy
G. McGill McNair D. Meeks S. Meeks Murdock Nicks
Payton Penzo Petty Pilkington Pitsch Richey
Richmond Rye Sabin Shepherd B. Smith Speaks
Sturch Sullivan Tucker Vaught Wardlaw Warren
Watson D. Whitaker J. Williams Wing

Did Not Vote (11 Representatives)

Brown Davis Deffenbaugh Gazaway Henderson Miller
Rushing Tosh Walker Womack Mr. Speaker

Voted “Present” (1 Representative)

Sorvillo