Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen says it's time to end the war on drugs and treat drug problems at the community level, not with an ever-growing number of prison beds. Our prediction: He might find cause for agreement with Gov. Asa Hutchinson in days ahead.
Benji Hardy at the Arkansas Legislative Digest focuses on something you might have overlooked:
Attorney General Eric Holder singled out Arkansas for praise in speech about changing federal drug sentencing guidelines to reduce prison population.
Dee Blakley at the Disability Rights Center sends a link to their blog post on the intervention of the state's chief of the Behavorial Health Services Division against the ballot initiative on medical marijuana.
The Family Council is going to take time off from beating up on gay people and restricting women's medical services to work at keeping medical marijuana out of the hands of suffering people in Arkansas.
Medical marijuana? 40/29 reports that Dr. Jimmy Acklin, residency director for the Arkansas Health Education Center in Fort Smith and a resident of Crawford County, has been arrested for growing marijuana.
The leadership of the Arkansas Arts Center announced at its annual meeting and luncheon today that it has just completed its sixth year in the black, continuing its recovery from a budget black hole created by an expensive blockbuster exhibition, "World of the Pharaohs."
The state Department of Human Services' monthly report on enrollment in the Private Option health insurance program — Arkansas's version of the Medicaid expansion enabled by Obamacare, or the federal Affordable Care Act — shows even broader popularity than expected, some 300,000 covered against an expected 250,000.
Conner Eldridge, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, is knocking Republican opponent, incumbent Sen. John Boozman, for traveling to Florida this week while refusing to meet Eldridge for debate in Arkansas.
Secretary of State Mark Martin has scheduled a meeting Sept. 13 by the Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission to consider monuments proposed for the Capitol — a Ten Commandments monument authorized by the legislature and a Satanic Temple proposal. Others may emerge.