LITTLE ROCK — A House committee Wednesday advanced a bill to ban medical marijuana in food or drink products.

The panel also advanced a bill to ban smoking medical marijuana in certain locations and rejected a measure to allow cities and counties to pass medical-marijuana regulations.

In a voice vote with no audible dissent, the House Rules Committee gave a “do pass” recommendation to House Bill 1392 by Rep. Robin Lundstrum, R-Springdale, which would ban the manufacture, sale or use of food or drink products containing marijuana.

A patient or a caregiver of a patient authorized to use medical marijuana would be allowed to put the drug in food or drink for personal use under the bill.

“We don’t want candy or food being mistaken for a medication,” Lundstrum told the committee.

Melissa Fults of Arkansans for Compassionate Care testified against the bill, saying the best way for some patients to consume the drug is in an edible product. Some patients with no caregiver may find it difficult to prepare their own food containing marijuana, she said.

The bill goes to the House.

In another voice vote with no audible “no” votes, the committee advanced HB 1400 by Lundstrum, which would ban smoking medical marijuana any place where tobacco smoking is not allowed or in the presence of a person under age 14, in a vehicle, in the presence of a woman the smoker knows is pregnant, or in a place where smoking the drug likely would cause a person not authorized to use marijuana to be under the influence of marijuana, such as a small, enclosed space.

The bill also would ban anyone under age 21 from smoking medical marijuana.

Fults spoke in support of the bill.

“I don’t want anyone smoking marijuana if they’re driving down the road, I don’t want them drinking, I don’t want them doing anything like that,” Fults said.

The bill goes to the House.

In a voice vote, the panel rejected HB 1391 by Lundstrum, which would allow a city council or quorum court to regulate the operation of marijuana facilities in their jurisdictions.

Some members expressed concerns about the effect the bill would have on a business owner who opened a dispensary or cultivation center and then had to close it because the city or county decided to ban medical marijuana.