Senate OKs pot-, tobacco-tax plan


With four votes to spare, the Arkansas Senate on Tuesday approved a bill that would use funds raised from new tobacco and existing medical-marijuana taxes to help the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in its attempt to get a National Cancer Institute designation. The 35-member Senate voted 22-10 for House Bill 1565 by Rep. Andy Davis, R-Little Rock. The bill goes back to the House to consider a Senate-approved amendment.

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