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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 08:01:00

Judge Griffen with an idea on prison crowding; he might find a friend in governor

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.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 07:11:00

A watershed year for marijuana

The New York Times writes this morning that more than half the states may consider ballot measures this year to legalize use of marijuana in some fashion,

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Monday, January 27, 2014 - 11:28:00

'Teapot Party' proposes Willie Nelson Act to legalize marijuana

OK, this is a long shot, but still. Read here about the Arkansas Teapot Party, which proposes that the legislature use the fiscal session to pass a law legalizing 

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Monday, November 25, 2013 - 13:49:00

100+ lb. pot bust at I-30 and 65th St. in LR yesterday

The Pulaski County Sheriff's Department says a traffic stop for a defective license plate light early yesterday morning turned into a major marijuana bust after a search fo

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 17:11:00

The line is open

You're on. Has Tim Griffin blamed the I-30 bridge closure on Obama yet?

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 14:51:00

Eric Holder: Poor timing on praise of Arkansas for prison reform

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.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 - 06:05:13

Hutchinson predicts 'massive' confrontation on new pot laws

Asa Hutchinson, a possible Republican candidate for governor (again) in 2014, makes news in Politico with a dramatic pronouncement about the legalization of marijuana in several states.

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Friday, November 2, 2012

Friday, November 2, 2012 - 10:44:05

Medicine dispensing machine firm sues Family Council

Tall talking by Jerry Cox, head of the fundamentalist religious lobby Family Council, has landed him in a lawsuit by a maker of vending machines that dispense medical marijuana.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - 06:25:21

Poll: Support dropping for medical marijuana

A new Talk Business/Hendrix College poll shows support dropping for the initiative to legalize medical use of marijuana with a doctor's approval from a state-regulated dispensary.

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Friday, October 19, 2012 - 10:43:00

UPDATE: Objection to state involvement in medical marijuana

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.

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Friday, October 19, 2012 - 07:06:07

The state anti-pain relief lobby: another hit on medical marijuana

The state of Arkansas continues its taxpayer-funded assault on a voter initiative to legalize use of medical marijuana, with a doctor's approval, for pain relief for specified illnesses.

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 10:51:38

State agency head distributes talking points against medical marijuana

Jennifer Gallaher, director of the Arkansas Division of Behavioral Health Services, has distributed a memo to employees with talking points against the medical marijuana initiative.

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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Saturday, October 13, 2012 - 06:03:25

The argument FOR medical marijuana

The contest is underway in earnest for voter approval of the initiated act to allow sick people to obtain marijuana for medical use, with doctors' approval, at state-regulated dispensaries.

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Friday, October 12, 2012 - 12:08:43

Baptist Convention rolls out anti-marijuana message

The Arkansas Baptist State Convention has sent an e-mail to people on its list urging a vote against the medical marijuana initiative.

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 12:01:00

Drugs, lies and the race card: Family Council fights 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.

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Thursday, September 27, 2012 - 09:05:30

Arkansas Supreme Court clears vote on medical marijuana

More to come, but the Arkansas Supreme Court has denied a petition to challenge the sufficiency of the ballot title on the initiative to allow medical use of marijuana in Arkansas.

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Friday, September 14, 2012

Friday, September 14, 2012 - 09:50:09

Doctor busted for growing marijuana

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.

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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Saturday, September 8, 2012 - 07:32:10

Paul Ryan says voters should decide medical marijuana laws

A reader mentioned this last night, but I think Paul "Marathon Man" Ryan's endorsement of state autonomy on medical marijuana laws is worth a bigger mention.

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Monday, July 2, 2012

Monday, July 2, 2012 - 08:24:33

Marijuana drive meets signature goal

Timely post this weekend on the drive to gather signatures to qualify a medical marijuana initiative for the November ballot.

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 06:35:32

Medical marijuana: a judge's only comfort

A coalition of Arkansas church groups came out against casino proposals the other day and threw in, for good measure, a blast against the effort to legalize medical marijuana.

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