TAPD hosts training on medical pot cultivation and possession

TEXARKANA, Ark. - Medical marijuana means new education for Texarkana area law enforcement officers.

More patients will soon have access to the drug, and it could change how they're treated by police.

Some medical marijuana sales began last May.

With the sales of medical cannabis underway in the state , police are adjusting to the changes.

Authorities say no matter how you obtain the drug impaired drivers will be charged with a DWI.

A large crowd gathered in the Texarkana, Arkansas police training room for their first session on the rules and regulations governing the oversight of medical marijuana cultivation and possession.

The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board lead the four-hour course.

Two medical marijuana dispensaries will soon operate in Texarkana, Arkansas.

TAPD Sgt. Rick Cockrell says they're learning about what the law states about cultivation sites and dispensaries, as well as, how they should respond to medical marijuana patients on traffic stops.

"For the citizens in our community, we're talking about what it takes for you to get a medical marijuana card, what your suppose to have in your possession at all times," said Sgt. Cockrell.

Another police training session will be held on Tuesday, August 27th.

The course is open to all law enforcement, prosecuting attorneys and judges.

Arkansas voters approved the legalization of medical marijuana in 2016.

Texarkana, Arkansas board members are expected to consider a new city ordinance about the medical marijuana laws later this month.

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