A new member has been appointed to the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission this week and its a pediatric nurse.
Justin Smith is a nurse at the neurosciences department of Arkansas Children’s Hospital and is taking the place of James Miller who resigned in December according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Smith’s appointment on Monday is ahead of the commission’s meeting to name the 32 dispensaries that will be allowed to operate across the state. The Commission is expected to meet tomorrow afternoon.
“I’ve seen it work with my own eyes,” Smith said of medicinal marijuana. “When you see that, it kind of changes your mind and perspective on things. Especially in my case, when you see it work on children, you can’t really deny it has some benefit with proper application.”
Republican Senate President Pro Tempore Jonathan Dismang said, “I feel like he’s got the right experience, and some of that’s going to be beneficial to the commission.”