Arkansas Enacts Issue 6, Legalizing Medical Marijuana for the State


Almost exactly a month ago, Arkansas enacted Issue 6, which legalized medical marijuana. The bill gives the Arkansas Health Department 120 days to create rules for the state medical marijuana program. Today, the state government announced the five members of the Medical Marijuana Commission. Those individuals are Dr. Henry-Tillman, Dr. Carroll, Dr. Roman, Mr. Story, and Mr. Miller.

Dr. Ronda Henry-Tillman, a surgical oncologist and a professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Science. She is recognized as one of the “Best Doctors in America,” and has published and presented internationally on topics including cancer health disparities and laser treatment of breast cancer.

Dr. Stephen Carroll is a licensed pharmacist and the Chief Operations Officer for Allcare Correctional Pharmacy, which contracts with Arkansas correctional facilities to provide medications for inmates. The company has eighteen regional pharmacies and is staffed by pharmacists around the clock.

Dr. Carlos Roman is a board certified physician with a specialty in pain management.

Travis Story is an attorney who started his own law firm after graduating from Liberty University School of Law. His areas of practice include bankruptcy, property law, business planning, estate planning, and church law.

James Miller is a lawyer, who most recently worked as the Chief of Staff to Senate President Pro Tem Jonathan Dismang. Most of his career has been spent working in the Arkansas state government.

These individuals encompass a wide breadth of knowledge in law, policy, and medicine. Every one of them is a leader in their field, but none seem to have direct experience with medical cannabis or cannabis policy. Regardless, these five seem equal to the task ahead of them. According to David Couch, Issue 6 Sponsor, The countdown to licensing has already begun…

Countdown to the 1st Licensed Medical Marijuana Dispensary in Arkansas


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