LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) — Medical marijuana is sparking a lot of questions in Arkansas.
Dozens of questions were submitted to 11 Listens by viewers about how everyone from police to prosecutors will enforce the medical marijuana laws. Here are some of those questions.
“Can you carry medical marijuana on your person?”
We started out by calling four different law enforcement agencies. They all told us they haven’t been given any direction on that, and sent us to State Police. Arkansas State Police sent us their current policy and said they’re waiting for direction from the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.
The ABC’s new director said those questions are relevant to the Office of the Prosecutor Coordinator, so we contacted Bob McMahan in that office, who directed us to the written law. Here’s what it says:
“A medical marijuana patient or caregiver can be in possession of medical marijuana if they are carrying their patient card, and no more than 2-and-a-half ounces of “usable’ marijuana.”
“Can I smoke medical marijuana in public?”
The Prosecutor Coordinator, Bob McMahan told us they haven’t spent a great deal of time talking about these laws. His office is the one prosecutors will call with clarification or assistance, but the actual law doesn’t mention anything about charges or punishment. Right now, one prosecutor could determine your front porch is considered public and another could say it is part of your property; it is entirely up to them.
“Can felons get a medical marijuana card?”
According to the law, a felon convicted of a crime involving violence, or a controlled substance, will not be able to get a card.