Lawsuit challenges Arkansas acupuncture law

TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) - Opponents of a new Arkansas law that bans practitioners of alternative medicine from dispensing drugs or identifying themselves as doctors are asking a federal judge to declare the law unconstitutional.

A federal lawsuit, filed on behalf of a Texarkana practitioner of alternative medicine, claims that the new law was motivated by competition and not concern for the public health.

But lawmakers argue that it's critical to forbid practitioners from administering injections or dispensing drugs because they don't have medical degrees.

The law took effect July 29. The plaintiff is seeking an injunction to keep Arkansas from enforcing the new law. A hearing is set for Friday in federal court in Texarkana. --- Information from: Texarkana Gazette,

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