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

Marijuana Use Increases Risk of Coronary Problems in Young Adults

March 20, 2017 | Posted in Marijuana | By

A new study published by researchers from Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center in New York indicates marijuana use significantly increases the risk of acute coronary syndrome in young adults.

Acute coronary syndrome refers to a condition in which blood is unable to reach the heart. It includes  serious heart problems like heart attacks and unstable angina.

This is not the first time marijuana-use has been linked to heart problems. Multiple case studies and reports have been published indicating marijuana-use can cause heart attacks–especially in adolescents and young adults.

As we keep saying, marijuana may be many things, but “harmless” simply is not one of them.

You can read more about the study here.