Arkansas

Asa Hutchinson (R)

Arkansas

Took Office 2015
Term Expires 2022
NORML Grade: D

2019 Enacted Legislation

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2019 Vetoed Legislation

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Arkansas voters passed a 2016 initiated measure legalizing medical cannabis access, but it took until 2019 before regulators approved the first applicants to operate medical marijuana dispensaries. By the end of the year, 12 dispensaries were operational in the state. The Governor, who historically has been opposed cannabis liberalization policies, opined that the state’s rollout of the new law was not unduly delayed. Rather, he said that the slow roll-out process was “measured” and that the law was implemented in a way that was “best for all Arkansans.” (Link)

“While some have complained that this process has taken too long, the commission took the time it needed to get this right.” (Link)

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