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Arkansas Agency Begins Drafting Medical Marijuana Rules

Arkansas Agency Begins Drafting Medical Marijuana Rules

Labels for medical marijuana products in Arkansas would have to include details on their laboratory analysis, dosage and warnings under a draft of rules prepared by the state Department of Health.
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Lower October Unemployment Rates Reported for Arkansas

The Department of Labor Statistics reports that October unemployment rates in Arkansas and all of its six metropolitan areas were lower than they were a year ago.
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Delta Regional Authority, Governor Announce $26M in Investments

The Delta Regional Authority, Gov. Asa Hutchinson and their federal and local partners announced Monday nearly $26 million in new investments that will create or retain an estimated 650 jobs.
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