LITTLE ROCK, Ark.- State lawmakers commit to funding a National Cancer Institute Designation at UAMS.
Now, they have to figure out how to come up with $10 million to $20 million a year.
A bill to do just that clears its first hurdle Wednesday.
It would dedicate medical marijuana tax revenue to the designation and increase the cost of cigarette papers.
The Lung and Heart Associations and Cancer Society spoke against other parts of the bill, saying they support the designation, but oppose how the proposal would raise the state smoking age to 21, decrease taxes on modified risk tobacco products and take away local control.
“The bill is tied to some very significant tobacco policy issues for which there is great disagreement,” says Michael Keck with American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network.
The measure now moves to the full House.