MARIJUANA IN ARKANSAS? A 2016 UPDATE…

U.S. Government Medical Marijuana crop University_of_Mississippi, Oxford Photo from The Arkansas Family Council

U.S. Government Medical Marijuana crop University_of_Mississippi, Oxford
Photo from The Arkansas Family Council

Election Results November 2016

“The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment, also known as Issue 6, is an amendment to Arkansas’ state constitution that officially legalizes the distribution and possession of medical marijuana.”

HERE IS ONE OF MANY ARTICLES YOU CAN FIND ON THE INTERNET ABOUT THE NEW LAW.

2016 UPDATE:

The Arkansas Hemp and Marijuana Legalization Amendment may appear on a 2016 ballot in Arkansas as an initiated constitutional amendment. One may see the legislation by going to THIS LINK.

When I know more, I will try and keep this post current.

CR

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I posted the entire article because I had problem with THIS LINK.

Richard Morton, head of the Arkansas TeaPot Party, is asking state lawmakers to legalize marijuana when the legislature convenes for its 2014 budget session.

Morton, of Shirley, is proposing the Willie Nelson Act, a law that would totally legalize marijuana in all forms. In addition, the law would release anyone from jail who is there on a nonviolent marijuana conviction. Since his law would allow the state to tax the marijuana, he believes it is an appropriate measure for lawmakers to consider during the budget session.

In previous legislative sessions, lawmakers have avoided introducing even limited marijuana measures, so it is unlikely that such a far-reaching measure would have any support among Arkansas lawmakers. And let’s not forget no matter what law a state legislature passes, marijuana is still 100% illegal to grow, sell, or possess under federal law.

More than half a dozen efforts are underway to make marijuana legal in Arkansas. This latest effort shows us where things are headed. Morton and the TeaPot Party are on the fast track. The “medical” marijuana folks are on a slower track, but they all end up at the same place—total legalization of marijuana. The states of Colorado and Washington legalized marijuana for “medical” purposes a few years ago. The drug got so out of control there that they finally threw in the towel and made it totally legal.

While Morton’s “Willie Nelson” law would be the most wide-open marijuana law in the country, at least his intentions are out in the open. Backers of other efforts to legalize marijuana in Arkansas seem to share Morton’s view, but veil their marijuana proposals behind a “medical” smoke screen of helping the sick and dying.

Posted By Jerry on 02/03/2014 | Filed under: Marijuana

My comment:

HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE are articles that give reasons to, like Jerry and I, fight against recreational marijuana usage.

The third article states that: “This implies, but does not establish, that smoking marijuana may lead to some of the same results as smoking cigarettes. It is notable that several reports indicate an unexpectedly large proportion of marijuana users among cases of lung cancer and cancers of the oral cavity, pharynx, and larynx. Thus, it appears that the use of marijuana as a medicine has the potential to further harm an already ill patient in the same way that taking up regular cigarette smoking would, particularly in light of the fact that those patients for whom marijuana is recommended are already poorly equipped to fight off these infections and diseases.”

The second source listed is from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). It also states that the results of medical marijuana are far from conclusive:

Is Marijuana Medicine?

Many have called for the legalization of marijuana to treat conditions including pain and nausea caused by HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other conditions, but clinical evidence has not shown that the therapeutic benefits of the marijuana plant outweigh its health risks. To be considered a legitimate medicine by the FDA, a substance must have well-defined and measurable ingredients that are consistent from one unit (such as a pill or injection) to the next. As the marijuana plant contains hundreds of chemical compounds that may have different effects and that vary from plant to plant, and because the plant is typically ingested via smoking, its use as a medicine is difficult to evaluate.”

The fourth source is from a former marijuana smoker. It states:

“As a recovering drug addict, I’ve known lots of other addicts in my life. What most of them have in common is that they started off with alcohol and cigarettes, then marijuana, before they moved on to harder drugs.”

These are all good sources, but the last one is from someone who has been there and done that.

From a spiritual standpoint, God’s Word says that our bodies are His temple. After reading these four articles and from personal experience of those I know who use(d) marijuana recreationally, I could never support the legalization of the drug.

Chris Reimers

Corinthians 6:19:
“…Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?”

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6 Responses to MARIJUANA IN ARKANSAS? A 2016 UPDATE…

  1. Ponder Anew says:

    I can only think of 2 words, Chris: oh no. Like you, I hold to that verse in Corinthians and pray that our lawmakers will be vigilant about their constitutional responsibility to preserve the general safety, health and morals of our people over this issue. Just between you and me, I don’t think it will go over in Arkansas. Blessings…

    • Chris says:

      Hi Kassie.

      I so hope you are right about out state’s future. Many states view it as a way to raise income via the taxes on the stuff. Fortunately, we are one of the few states not in debt. I am praying with you that our lawmakers, prodded by the people, do the right thing.

      Always a blessing to hear from you….hope all is well.

  2. Mannyr says:

    “Show me the money”! The theme song of politicians, you know those ever creative money mongers justifying “situation ethics.”

    Well i just heard our state representatives are looking into the easy sleazy here in Arizona (the hub of major drug distribution to our needy American population ever in need of a fix).

    Having done a few lids in my past stupidity, (BFS) i feel that the whole issue is for the eternal child aka. poster boy Willie Nelson and those who refuse to grow up and move on. It is a fast lane to open one up to visits from unclean spirits.

    Unfortunately, morals cannot be legislated. It is a God thing among those who are His own and share His ways and life.

    • Chris says:

      So true, Manny. I’ve spoken to enough addicts and former addicts to know that Satan uses all kinds of drugs to keep people in bondage. Unfortunately, as you have mentioned, morals don’t seem to be the main factor in legislation these days. It is more about the money. Because of this, I think things are going to get worse before they get better. I see myself as an optimistic person but I can’t deny the obvious.

      Always appreciate you comments my friend.

      God’s blessings…

  3. Anonymous says:

    it’s time the paranoid ignorant (meaning uneducated or unknowing get some facts.) you don’t have to SMOKE marijuana to receive the benefits of the herb- Yes it IS an HERB and not a DRUG!!! sarcastically speaking, in todays pill popping culture, it would seem to qualify as a medicinal drug, you have to have at least 5 serious side-effects, which require more pills to alleviate- IS THAT MEDICINE? according to the definition of a class 1 schedule drug there has to be NO medicinal value and the propensity for addiction. marijuana exhibits neither! it’s time the fear mongering propagandist end their same old tired clichés and embrace TRUTH!!! you can stop the BIBLE banging and use of GOD as a reason to support your case, as your own “good book” states that God created every plant and that every seed was GOOD! remember God created marijuana and man created alcohol and pills-WHO DO YOU TRUST? to say that marijuana creates criminals is utterly laughable!!! people will be criminals whether inebriated on booze or pot, so give us a break on the bs fear spewing crap. how much economic opportunity are we going to throw away based on the lunatic “sky is falling” cries of zealots who offer no evidence of their points of view and offer no economic solutions as well! maybe it’s time for the people of Arkansas to stand up and show that “we AIN’T as dumb and backwards” as people in cities perceive us to be. maybe it’s time to SHOW that Arkansas has intelligent people who can decide what their future will be. whether we’re a state where benign pot growers and users, which economically would benefit the whole state, are locked up into revolving privatized prisons for profit, which benefit few and destroy many lives, some of which could be a loved one, or are we going to be a state of beer drinking honey-booboo watching backwards ignorant govt welfare recipients throwing away opportunity for advancement. are we going to be fearful little ignorant cliché hill-billies or are we going to show the rest of the country we ain’st as dumb as they think we is!, that we got some of that book learning stuff down here? and that we can be as progressive as Colorado and Washington, that we can be as sophisticated as New Yorkers without the rudeness and pollution of course. IT’S TIME ARKANSAS TO SHOW WHAT YOU ARE REALLY MADE OF

    • Chris says:

      Hi Anonymous.

      I don’t know if you are a real person or a typical pro-marijuana response sent out to all blogs that disagree with your view. If not, why afraid to identify yourself? Did you read any of the links that this post contains. You will find some facts there that you may not like, but they are true from a medical standpoint. Since this legislation has been voted down more than once, my hope is that the people of Arkansas don’t join those who have gone astray. BTW, I am an educated person who can read the facts (as linked to here more than once). Tell the person who has been addicted to marijuana that it isn’t addictive. One of my links has such an example. Call it Bible banging or whatever you want, I used one (important) verse in this post. I think this is a form letter because nowhere did I state that marijuana creates criminals. At the same time, now that you’ve brought it up, the link that states that marijuana can lead to usage of more potent drugs is a link to crime. I hope you lose here in Arkansas and I hope that you lose badly.

      God’s blessings…

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