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Just a geek, finding my way in the fediverse.

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Biden's Middle East Policy Is Horrific. Trump's Would Be Even Worse
  • Lately I've been partial to Yeats similar quote :

    The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.

  • www.ualrpublicradio.org Lawsuit challenges Arkansas voter registration rules

    The group Get Loud Arkansas filed the lawsuit Wednesday to stop a so-called “wet signature” rule.

    Lawsuit challenges Arkansas voter registration rules

    > Get Loud Arkansas created a website allowing people to register to vote online. In April, an Arkansas legislative committee moved to prevent this process from being used, saying applications now need to have a “wet signature.” This means voter applications must be filled out in person and only at certain state agencies. The rule change was approved by the Arkansas Board of Election Commissioners a week later.

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    www.ualrpublicradio.org Prosecutor declines charging governor over lectern purchase

    Prosecutor Will Jones issued a letter on Friday saying he will not press charges over a controversial lectern purchase.

    Prosecutor declines charging governor over lectern purchase

    > A prosecutor asked to look at a recent audit of a controversial tax-funded lectern purchase will not move forward with charges. In a letter, Pulaski County Prosecutor Will Jones said he did not think the report proved that a law been broken.

    > Last June, the office of Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders spent over $19,000 on a lectern using a state credit card. Afterward, documents pertaining to the purchase were requested by blogger Matt Campbell through the Freedom of Information Act. Then, the Republican Party of Arkansas refunded the cost. The receipt for the purchase has a handwritten note that says “to be reimbursed.”

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    When was the last time you bought a paper map and why ?
  • I bought a topo map a few weeks ago for a backpacking trip. Electronics are heavier and less suitable for that purpose in my opinion.

  • Me fighting with my e-bike
  • "guten tight"

    "Tighten until you hear the crack, then back a quarter turn"

  • 268% higher failure rates for Agile software projects
  • I like to tell new hires : "we claim to do agile but we really don't... Like everybody else"

  • It's a beautiful language we've got
  • Ooo, I forgot about that one.

  • Stare at it.
  • Sometimes the first, then eventually the second when you realize you did it but forgot you did it.

  • It's a beautiful language we've got
  • Similar in the US deep south:

    "Jeet yet?" (Did you eat yet?)

    No

    "Yontoo?" (Do you want to?)

  • Why would the NA beer industry standardize on a bottle shape that's grotesquely inconvenient, topples with minimal force, and doubles the required volume to ship?
  • https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aluminum_can

    The inside of the can is lined by spray coating an epoxy lacquer or polymer to protect the aluminum from being corroded by acidic contents such as carbonated beverages and imparting a metallic taste to the beverage

    Guess it depends on your definition of "plastic" and if someone would colloquially refer to an epoxy lining as plastic. Not here to debate word meanings but there is definitely a liner inside aluminum cans.

  • Amazon, Walmart, and Target finally realize their colossal pricing mistake—now they’re slashing costs to win back customers
  • The spouse does most of the shopping but I was in a Harps the other day and saw that a medium (shrinkflated) bag of Cheetos was $8.75 USD.

    Harps isn't super local but... Holy shit. Who can afford Cheetos at that price? I used to buy them as an occasional treat but fuck that noise.

    EDIT: for fun I just searched Walmart and they're $5.94 there. I'm still not spending that much for a garbage treat.

  • Sovcit didn't have her Royal Decree respected.
  • Those poor closet neighbors : (

  • "No words for this": Legal experts pan Aileen Cannon's "outrageous" pro-Trump bias
  • Did you see trump was convicted on all counts in the NY false documents trial?

    I was surprised too...

  • Arizona Republicans Set Up a Ballot Measure to Squash Future Ballot Measures | A constitutional amendment, placed on the November ballot by GOP lawmakers, would severely restrict direct democracy
  • They keep trying to do this in Arkansas too. So far enough people have seen through it and voted it down each time but I think there's another one in the works.

  • I just skated 150km
  • Holy shit, that's a long trek.

    Nice job and I hope you get your feet healed up.

  • Gotta stab a new drive into computer
  • gun-zip just rolls off the tongue better. Two syllables instead of three? Yes, please.

  • Gotta stab a new drive into computer
  • I've never heard fs-tab in my life. Always f-stab. Hmmm...

  • Nintendo Switch Is Removing Integration for X, Formerly Twitter
  • I'll join this.

    I commented on a motorcycle thread a few days ago where the poster said "bike from 1982, over forty years old" (or something to that effect) where I had to do the math and realize... Shit... That was forty years ago.

  • RFK Jr says a worm ate part of his brain and then died inside his head
  • O, and also short term memory loss.

    ; )

  • Two executives sentenced in bribery, embezzlement scheme that has placed several Arkansas lawmakers in federal prison

    > A Missouri-based health care charity bribery and embezzlement scheme that had already put several former Arkansas lawmakers in prison had two former firm executives sentenced in federal court in April.

    > The two were the former chief operating officer and chief financial officer of Missouri-based Preferred Family Healthcare, Inc. The former COO, 68-year-old Tommy “Tom” Ray Gross, received a six-year prison sentence on April 25, and his wife and former CFO, 65-year-old Bontiea Bernedette Gross, received a three-year sentence on Monday. The court also ordered the pair to pay $4.35 million in a combination of forfeitures and restitution.

    > The sentencing came after both had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to pay bribes and kickbacks to elected Arkansas officials in September 2022. Tom Gross also pleaded guilty to embezzling funds and filing false tax returns.

    > One Arkansas legislator discovered in the government’s investigation was former state Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson. Hutchinson received an eight-year sentence in 2023 after pleading guilty to false tax returns and federal program bribery charges in the Eastern and Western District of Arkansas and the Western District of Missouri federal courts in 2019. He is the son of former United States Sen. Tim Hutchinson and nephew of former Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

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    www.ualrpublicradio.org Arkansas Senate committee approves two bills to regulate cryptocurrency mining

    An Arkansas Senate committee unanimously approved two bills Thursday that would regulate cryptocurrency mining operations, and the committee will reconvene Tuesday to hear more public comment on the policies.

    Arkansas Senate committee approves two bills to regulate cryptocurrency mining

    > An Arkansas Senate committee unanimously approved two bills Thursday that would regulate cryptocurrency mining operations, and the committee will reconvene Tuesday to hear more public comment on the policies.

    > There are crypto mines in DeWitt and in the Bono community near Greenbrier, and officials have raised concerns over foreign ownership and whether the mines pose a national security risk. Additionally, Greenbrier-area residents have filed a lawsuit claiming noise pollution from the local crypto mine, which is in Irvin’s district.

    > Bryant’s bill, Senate Bill 78, would place noise limits on Arkansas crypto mines, prohibit them from being owned by certain foreign entities and allow local governments to pass ordinances regulating the mines.

    > The bill’s listed options for noise regulations include “using liquid cooling or submerged cooling” techniques, sealing computers into structures that minimize the sound heard outside, and being located at least 2,000 feet away from “the nearest residential or commercial structure.”

    > Residents or business owners within 2,000 feet of a crypto mine would be able to seek legal remedies regarding noise complaints in county circuit courts, Bryant said.

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    www.ualrpublicradio.org Church, distillery, nonprofit team up on Little Rock community garden project

    The garden is located at 1605 South Broadway in Little Rock and provides food, fellowship, and education opportunities to the neighborhood.

    Church, distillery, nonprofit team up on Little Rock community garden project

    > In what may seem like an unusual pairing, Trinity Episcopal Church and "Love, Titos," the philanthropic branch of Tito’s Handmade Vodka, have teamed up with the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance to establish a community garden in downtown Little Rock.

    > On a somewhat chilly Friday morning, nearly 200 volunteers came out to the site on south Broadway Street to complete the final phase of the installation, building on work from October of last year, and planting tomatoes, okra, blueberries, squash, and other healthy fruits and vegetables.

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    www.ualrpublicradio.org Design for Arkansas 'Monument to the Unborn' revealed

    The concave “living wall” will have artificial sounds, real plants and a verse from the Bible emblazoned on a plaque.

    Design for Arkansas 'Monument to the Unborn' revealed

    > A state committee continues its work to build a pro-life memorial on the Arkansas Capitol grounds.

    > The “Monument to the Unborn” was created through a law the legislature passed in 2023. Bill sponsor Sen. Kim Hammer, R-Benton, said the monument would be “tastefully done.” He wanted the memorial to celebrate the overturning of Roe v. Wade, which immediately made abortion illegal in Arkansas.

    > The Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission along with the Secretary of State are responsible for installing the monument. Last year, the group sifted through submissions from artists across the state. On Tuesday, the commission landed on a living flora wall, put forth by artist Lakey Goff.

    > “God is doing a new thing with this wall,” Goff said at a Tuesday meeting of the commission. Abortion was only mentioned once during her presentation.

    > On the far right of the wall, a plaque will be adorned with Psalm 139. This verse contains the phrase “you knit me in my mother's womb.” Goff says this verse will serve to “bring honor where there was once shame.”

    For anyone new to this thinking "that's a lot of religion and god for a government property" I'd like to remind you that Arkansas already has a 12 commandments monument and then all other (non-christian) religious monuments were rejected. https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/04/26/606029241/arkansas-installs-a-new-ten-commandments-monument-at-its-capitol

    At least it will be "tastefully done" I guess... I'm sure Hammer knows a lot about taste.

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    truthout.org Arkansas Abortion Ballot Initiative Approved — Organizers Need 90,000 Signatures

    A rally is planned for this weekend to formally begin the signature collection process, organizers said.

    Arkansas Abortion Ballot Initiative Approved — Organizers Need 90,000 Signatures

    > Arkansas Republican Attorney General Tim Griffin has approved a ballot initiative aimed at enshrining abortion rights in the state constitution after having blocked two earlier drafts of the proposal.

    > “Today, we are one step closer to restoring the freedom that was taken from individuals when Roe v. Wade was overturned,” McHugh said in a statement. “We won’t stop until Arkansans can use their voice at the ballot box in November.”

    > Although the measure would restore abortion rights for many individuals, it would still offer less abortion protections than were in place prior to Roe v. Wade’s overturn;

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    My first afterthought heel (with 3d printed circular knitting machine)

    !afterthought heel

    I've been trying to get my 3d printed circular knitting machine going for almost 6 months now and I think I'm almost there. I finally realized that it's impossible to crank the heel/toe on this machine - but only because the extra drag of decreases causes it to bind up. It'd totally be possible if the gaps on the spindle were larger so it was less difficult to pull slips/decreases down into it.

    Anywho, I gave up on doing everything on the CKM and just cranked a tube (worsted weight - 36 needles) with the intention to do an afterthought everything. I did the heel today. Not great, not terrible, it'll work. I'll try to throw on the toe tomorrow. I definitely should've made it wider so I had a more gradual decrease and a larger heel. But hey - try, fail, learn, do better : )

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    www.ualrpublicradio.org U.S. HHS Secretary asks Arkansas to re-enroll Medicaid-eligible children who lost coverage

    Medicaid client advocates said earlier this year that Arkansas should have tried harder to confirm ineligibility before cutting coverage in post-pandemic “unwinding."

    U.S. HHS Secretary asks Arkansas to re-enroll Medicaid-eligible children who lost coverage

    > Arkansas’ removal of thousands of children from Medicaid coverage this year has raised concerns with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, according to a Monday letter from the department secretary to Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

    > In Arkansas, 78,506 fewer children were enrolled in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in September than in March of this year, an 18% enrollment decrease, according to HHS data.

    > Much of the decline resulted from the Arkansas Department of Human Services’ six-month review of the eligibility of Medicaid recipients whose coverage was extended for three years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Roughly 420,000 Arkansans retained coverage during that period even if they no longer qualified for benefits because of income or other eligibility limits.

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    Arkansas will start distributing $1M grant to "pregnancy resource centers" in January

    www.ualrpublicradio.org Arkansas will start distributing $1M grant to pregnancy resource centers in January

    Arkansas lawmakers on Friday allowed the state Department of Finance and Administration to administer a taxpayer-funded $1 million program to provide funds to pregnancy resource centers.

    Arkansas will start distributing $1M grant to pregnancy resource centers in January

    > Arkansas lawmakers on Friday allowed the state Department of Finance and Administration to administer a taxpayer-funded $1 million program to provide funds to pregnancy resource centers, which are often religiously affiliated and discourage abortion while encouraging birth.

    > The department will start distributing the money in January, spokesman Scott Hardin said in an email.

    > Arkansas has more than 40 of these centers, often called “crisis pregnancy centers.” They operate independently but form a community, the Arkansas Pregnancy Network, due to their shared missions and similar services, Maria Speer, executive director of the Life Choices center in Conway, told lawmakers in August.

    > Digital advertising was a shared priority among several recipients of last year’s grant. Several centers said they would use the money to target ads toward Arkansans whose online activity suggests they might have an unplanned pregnancy.

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    Arkansas Government Transparency Act submitted

    www.ualrpublicradio.org Citizen-initiated government transparency act proposal submitted to Arkansas Attorney General

    The proposed act is a companion to a constitutional amendment draft submitted last week; both would broaden access public meetings and government records.

    Citizen-initiated government transparency act proposal submitted to Arkansas Attorney General

    > Arkansas government transparency advocates proposed a ballot measure on Monday that would define a public meeting and create a special body to help citizens denied access to public records.

    > Arkansas Citizens for Transparency submitted a proposed ballot title and popular name for the “Arkansas Government Transparency Act,” a companion to a proposed constitutional amendment submitted last week that would create a right to government transparency.

    > Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders signed a law in September shielding these records from public access after a special legislative session. Sanders advocated for several more exemptions to the FOIA that met bipartisan pushback and did not advance in the Legislature.

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    Elopak announces $70m plant and 80 jobs at Little Rock port

    www.ualrpublicradio.org Norwegian food packager announces plans for $70 million plant, 80 jobs at Port of Little Rock

    A Norwegian liquid food packaging company will open a new $70 million, 300,000-square-foot factory including equipment at the Port of Little Rock.

    Norwegian food packager announces plans for $70 million plant, 80 jobs at Port of Little Rock

    > A Norwegian liquid food packaging company will open a new $70 million, 300,000-square-foot factory including equipment at the Port of Little Rock, the company announced Dec. 5.

    > Elopak announced plans to build its first U.S. production facility at the port at 611 Zuber Road. It plans to start with about 80 employees including engineers and printers.

    > The company produces Pure-Pak gable top cartons – the kind with a triangular top – for milk, juices, plant-based products and liquid eggs. It is the world’s largest producer of fresh liquid carton fiber-based packaging.

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    Lawsuit filed alleging physical and sexual abuse at (now closed) Lord's Ranch Church Camp

    www.ualrpublicradio.org Lawsuit alleges widespread abuse at Arkansas religious camp

    Closed almost a decade ago, the Lord's Ranch promised therapeutic services while many former residents alleged sexual abuse.

    Lawsuit alleges widespread abuse at Arkansas religious camp

    The eight plaintiffs in the lawsuit allege the sexual abuse was mostly perpetrated by a former staffer, Emmett Alden Presley. Presley was a licensed counselor and the Ranch’s Director of Social Services.

    Family members Bud, Ted and Shirley Suhl lead the facility. The complaint alleges these high-ranking members were told about the abuse and allowed it to continue.

    In the complaint, the plaintiffs are only known as “John Doe’s.” John Doe 1 stayed at the facility from 1997 to 2000. He says he was raped by Presley repeatedly during their weekly counseling sessions. He said the abuse happened over three years.

    “The several years I spent at the Lord's Ranch were the worst most horrific experiences I can remember,” he said. “He used my trust as a weapon against me,” he said of Presley. The abuse, he said, “has impacted my entire life.”

    The descriptions of the abuse listed in the complaint have a similar pattern. Often Presley would force children to perform oral sex and promise them gifts if they complied. Students who refused the abuse were threatened with the removal of privileges like access to phone calls and visits home.

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    RTX (Raytheon) is building a factory in AR

    www.ualrpublicradio.org Missile factory coming to Arkansas

    The company RTX, formerly known as Raytheon, is building the facility in Camden. The projected cost is $33 million, and should create 30 new jobs.

    Missile factory coming to Arkansas

    Quote : A new missile factory is set for construction in southern Arkansas.

    The company RTX, formerly known as Raytheon, is building the facility in Camden. The projected cost is $33 million, and should create 30 new jobs.

    At a press conference Thursday, Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she was proud of the weapons Arkansas builds and sends worldwide.

    “The only way to have a safe America, is to have a strong America,” she said. “Our enemies are on the march and they have their targets set squarely on the backs of Americans.”

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    Only 30 jobs for a "missile factory"?

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    Continued coverage of Sarah Huckabee Sander's podium

    abcnews.go.com Scrutiny of Arkansas governor's $19,000 lectern deepens after new records are released

    New public records have widened questions over when the Arkansas governor's office planned to use Republican Party funds to reimburse the state for a $19,000 lectern

    Scrutiny of Arkansas governor's $19,000 lectern deepens after new records are released

    Apologies, I should've been posting this since it started but I failed due to external obligations : /

    > New public records have widened questions over when Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders' office planned to use Republican Party funds to reimburse the state for a $19,000 lectern, which was bought in June using a government credit card.

    > The Arkansas GOP paid for the lectern in September, but the words “to be reimbursed” were only added later to the original invoice, records released this week show. The undated reimbursement note adds to weeks of scrutiny over the purchase, which has dominated political talk in Arkansas.

    > A legislative panel is expected to vote this week on a lawmaker’s request for an audit of the lectern’s purchase.

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    www.ualrpublicradio.org New ballot initiative aims to end Arkansas’ “tampon tax”

    The Arkansas Period Poverty Project aims to get the measure on the ballot in 2024.

    New ballot initiative aims to end Arkansas’ “tampon tax”

    An organization in Arkansas is trying to end a statewide tax on menstrual hygiene products. The Arkansas Period Poverty Project aims to put an amendment on the ballot in 2024. The proposed ballot title would exempt period products, like pads or tampons, from sales tax.

    Katie Clark founded the Arkansas Period Poverty Project in 2018. Clark became passionate about period equity after she read a book called "Period Power" by Nadya Okamoto. The book talks about the financial barriers many people face trying to acquire tampons and pads.

    “If you do not have enough product or the right kind of product to manage your period you have to stay home to deal with it,” Clark said. “We should all have access to toilet paper. So why don't we have equal access to period products?”

    According to the Bureau of Legislative Research, statewide, menstruating people spend over $1 million on just the period product tax itself. This means repealing the tax would save consumers money, but would also cause the state to miss out on some revenue.

    This information comes from a report the bureau wrote after the Arkansas Period Poverty Project attempted to end the tax through the legislative process.

    During the Arkansas Legislature's 2021 general session, project members worked with Rep. Aaron Pilkington, R-Knoxville, and Rep. Denise Ennett, D-Little Rock, to craft a bill ending the tax. HB1065 died in committee, because the legislature adjourned too soon move through the entire process.

    ... Continued in link

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    Arkansas legislature passes bill restricting FOIA request

    A new bill focused on reforms of Arkansas's Freedom of Information Act has passed the House and is now heading to the desk of Gov. Sarah Sanders.

    This comes as the legislation, Senate Bill 10 (SB10), passed out of the Senate on Wednesday by a 29-2 margin.

    SB10 is the restructured FOIA bill that was introduced by Arkansas Sen. Bart Hester on Tuesday evening. This amended proposal allows the state to deny access to details about the governor's security and other constitutional officers who travel on the Arkansas State Police plane. It also denies access to the cost of trips.

    "We all don't agree on everything, right?" Hester said. "And so I think that's exactly what happened, here, but we got a vast majority of legislators and I believe Arkansans support of this legislation now."

    Some politicians like Sen. Clarke Tucker described the bill as being "broad," but still voiced his support due to "security concerns" surrounding FOIA as currently constructed.

    "We got to a point where everything but the security for the governor was stripped from the bill, and I want to be deferential and make sure that our governor and her family are secure," Tucker said. "So ultimately, that's why I'm going to vote for the bill."

    Many Democrats and Republicans were frustrated with the original bill's restrictions on government transparency, including who joins the governor on taxpayer-funded trips.

    Senator Bryan King has been one vocal voice against the bill and said more should've been added.

    "A sunset clause would have allowed a reset in the 2025 session to relook at this and see how it happens and how it works," King said.

    However, supporters claimed the legislation is for the safety of the governor and those around her.

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    Governor Signs Bill That Bans Vaccine Mandates In Arkansas

    www.huffpost.com Sarah Huckabee Sanders Signs Bill That Bans Vaccine Mandates In Arkansas

    The Arkansas governor claimed the legislation, which replaces a similar ban that recently expired, aims to defend citizens’ “individual liberty.”

    Sarah Huckabee Sanders Signs Bill That Bans Vaccine Mandates In Arkansas

    In a classic "solution for a problem that doesn't exist for the purposes of pandering and political theater"...

    > Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders (R) has signed a bill that bans state and local governments from mandating COVID-19 vaccines for workers after a similar ban expired last month.

    > The legislation signed Thursday is aimed at defending citizens’ “individual liberty,” Sanders said at a press conference prior to its signing.

    > The legislation also prohibits COVID-19 vaccinations from being required as a condition of education, or for obtaining a service or licensure, permit or certificate of some kind. Any potential risks and harms associated with the shots must also be recorded and published by the state.

    ... and a minor reference to an actual problem : > A separate bill she signed restricts the public release of her travel and security records.

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    Functional 3D Printing @kbin.social clif @lemmy.world

    Circular Sock Knitting Machine

    www.thingiverse.com Sock knitting machine (csm) by Joshua De Lisle by JoshuaDeLisle

    This is my design attempt at building a cost effective 3D printed sock knitting machine (CSM). This is the build video: https://youtu.be/2y1gakl4IEw Additional parts list (Affiliate links): Knitting machine hooks (cut off tails using wire cutters) - UK: https://amzn.to/3EHtA7s USA: https://amzn.to/3...

    Sock knitting machine (csm) by Joshua De Lisle by JoshuaDeLisle

    I'm in the process of building this - should be done within a week if my needles will come in. Really looking forward to it since I started hand knitting a pair of socks ~4 years ago and they're maybe 20% done :D

    Prints are pretty easy but two are longish (15hrs and 27hrs on my machine/ settings).

    Anyone tried something similar?

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2y1gakl4IEw

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    www.arkansasonline.com Federal judge blocks state's new law banning Delta 8 THC products

    Producers, marketers and consumers of Delta 8 THC products received some welcome news Thursday after a federal judge blocked the state from enforcing a law — Act 629 of 2023 — banning the sale of such products in the state.

    Federal judge blocks state's new law banning Delta 8 THC products

    Producers, marketers and consumers of Delta 8 THC products received some welcome news Thursday after a federal judge blocked the state from enforcing a law -- Act 629 of 2023 -- banning the sale of such products in the state.

    U.S. District Judge Billy Roy Wilson issued the ruling in the wake of a motion hearing held Aug. 23 in federal court in Little Rock after a group of four cannabis-related businesses sued the state on the grounds that the law violated the U.S. Constitution's Commerce and Supremacy clauses.

    Act 629, passed in the 2023 regular session of the General Assembly, sought to ban the production and sale of products containing Delta 8, Delta 9 and Delta 10 and other THC isomers inside the state of Arkansas. Such products have been legal federally since 2018 under provisions contained in the 2018 Farm Bill that removed hemp containing less than 0.3% dry weight Delta 9 THC as a controlled substance. According to federal law, hemp containing more than 0.3% dry weight Delta 9 is classified as marijuana and remains prohibited federally, despite 38 states -- including Arkansas -- having legalized marijuana for medical use and 21 of those states and the District of Columbia giving the OK for recreational use.

    On July 31, the day before the state's ban on Delta 8 products went fully into effect, a group of hemp product marketers in Arkansas, Colorado and Texas filed suit in federal court in Arkansas seeking to overturn the law and asking the court to block enforcement through a temporary restraining order or a preliminary injunction while the lawsuit moves forward.

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