Gov. Hutchinson: Cost too high for medical marijuana

Gov. Hutchinson: Cost too high for medical marijuana

LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT/KATV) - The economic benefits of a medical marijuana program in Arkansas would be quickly outpaced by the cost of running such a program, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said in a news conference Tuesday.

According to ABC affiliate KATV, Hutchinson spoke to reporters about the regulatory burden that Issue 6 would create for the state. The issue will be on the ballot for the Nov. 8 general election.

Along with Hutchinson were officials with the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, the Arkansas Department of Health and the Arkansas Bank Commission.

Both DF&A and the Department of Health have said it would cost $5.7 million to create the program, which would not include the $10 million cost of creating a marijuana commission, Hutchinson said.

However, a supporter of Issue 6 said the state would benefit economically.

"The governor gave the Chinese $3.2 million to create 400 jobs in Little Rock, Issue 6 would create up to 800 jobs in Arkansas at no cost to the taxpayer," Couch told KATV.

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