They go high, we go … ?

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - EDITORIAL PAGE -

In Siloam Springs, the city’s Board of Di­rec­tors has adopted a tem­po­rary mora­to­rium on any city ap­pli­ca­tions for lo­ca­tions that would grow and dis­pense mar­i­juana for med­i­cal uses. In the face of statewide ap­proval of med­i­cal mar­i­juana, city lead­ers want ad­di­tional time to fig­ure out the still-de­vel­op­ing state rules and what con­sid­er­a­tions city or­di­nances should make.

In Ben­ton County, ad­min­is­tra­tors are try­ing to fig­ure out what ad­just­ments to em­ploy­ment poli­cies need to be made to ac­count for the le­gal avail­abil­ity of mar­i­juana based on physi­cian rec­om­men­da­tions. It may not be so sim­ple as the old “drug-free work­place” ap­proach of yes­ter­year.

Vot­ers last Novem­ber cre­ated a path to le­gal ac­qui­si­tion of mar­i­juana for 18 spe­cific med­i­cal is­sues, but the mea­sure on the bal­lot didn’t an­swer — and didn’t try to an­swer — all the com­pli­ca­tions that the pres­ence of med­i­cal mar­i­juana will present. The law may make it far less com­pli­cated for a per­son in pain to find re­lief, but for the com­ing months and per­haps years, em­ploy­ers and govern­ment of­fi­cials will get no re­lief from the strug­gle to merge the vot­ers’ de­ci­sions with good and nec­es­sary poli­cies.

Sit back, folks. This is go­ing to take a while.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.