LITTLE ROCK (AP) _ A legislative committee heard testimony from backers of legal use of marijuana as a medicine for suffering patients because a medical marijuana bill may be introduced next session.
Representative Lindsley Smith, a Fayetteville Democrat, says she may file a bill during the 2007 session to make medical marijuana legal in Arkansas.
The bill would make the drug available to patients who are terminally ill, allowing them to grow and distribute marijuana among themselves for medical use.
Legislators heard testimony that the drug can help cancer patients and the terminally ill. They also heard testimony that marijuana is illegal under federal law.