Marijuana fight vowed by shadowy anti-pot group | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Marijuana fight vowed by shadowy anti-pot group

Posted By on Wed, Nov 9, 2016 at 4:26 PM

Here's another player in the fight against using marijuana for medicine with a news release in which it says it will fight on.

Irony: This shadowy group (its funding sources aren't known) apparently has a strategy mentioned earlier by the Family Council to attempt to use local ordinances to prohibit sale of medical marijuana in certain places. (Little Rock is safe, I'd bet.) These are the SAME PEOPLE who want to PROHIBIT local ordinances that prevent discrimination against gay people or apply gun safety rules the state won't apply. They are blithering hypocrites in other words.

Their statement, from Jon Gilmore, a former politico for the governor now working for the anti-pot lobby:

Today, SAM [Smart Approaches to Marijuana] Action President Kevin Sabet made the following statement about medical marijuana legalization passing in Arkansas, Florida, North Dakota, and Montana:

"Marijuana may contain medical value, but the whole plant is not medicine. We don't use mold for the benefits of penicillin nor do we smoke opium for the benefits of Morphine. These were ill-conceived initiatives meant to act as a first step to full-blown commercial marijuana legalization.

"We were proud to contribute to the Arkansas campaign which fell just short of winning last night, despite being greatly outspent by the pro-legalization lobby. This loss, along with results in Florida, North Dakota (where there was no organized opposition), and Montana (where there was no organized opposition) was disappointing, but not wholly unexpected.

"But this is the beginning of the conversation, not the end. Several localities in Florida have already banned retail sales. Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson is a former DEA Administrator and will, we think, take necessary steps to protect his state. And Montana has a long past with medical marijuana; they passed it 12 years ago but it was stymied by the people. We will be working with localities to ensure they know their rights and obligations to protect their citizens from pot shops, candies, and advertising."

A new, $1M+ initiative

Today alone, SAM raised $1M in pledges for a new Marijuana Accountability Project (MAP) that promises to keep state officials and the industry accountable—- by making sure data is collected, municipalities are empowered to ban stores in their neighborhoods, and the industry pays for their damage. SAM will also explore legal options against the industry and we will continue to engage in both states with stakeholders around this issue, as well as with the new US Congress and Presidential Administration.
UPDATE:  Small problem for this group. Their idea was anticipated. From the amendment.

(a) This amendment does not prohibit a city, incorporated town, or county of this state from enacting reasonable zoning regulations applicable to dispensaries or cultivation facilities, provided that those zoning regulations are the same as those for a licensed retail pharmacy.

(b) This section does not allow a city, incorporated town, or county to prohibit the operation of any dispensaries or cultivation facilities in the city, incorporated town, or county unless such a prohibition is approved at an election under Article 5, § 1, of this constitution.





Tags: ,

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (5)

Showing 1-5 of 5

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-5 of 5

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Tax-cut deficits OK. Help for Puerto Rico? Not for French HIll and them

    Vox points out the towering hypocrisy in the vote by 69 Republican members of the U.S. House, including Rep. French Hill of Little Rock, against a disaster aid package for Puerto Rico and other parts of the U.S.
    • Oct 17, 2017
  • Governor to talk about health care, highway funding

    Gov. Asa Hutchinson will entertain media questions at a 9:30 a.m. session today that is said to cover health care and highway funding. Questions need to be asked about impact on people, not just the state budget, from recent insurance premium increeases and Donald Trump's cut of federal subsidies.
    • Oct 17, 2017
  • State tallies 323 applications to grow or sell medical marijuana

    The state Department of Finance and Administration Department released this evening a tally of total applications to either cultivate (95) or dispense (228) marijuana under the new medical marijuana law.
    • Oct 16, 2017
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Auditor Lea caught not telling the truth

    State Auditor Andrea Lea, who began her tenure in statewide office with a degree of competence unseen in some other Republican counterparts (think Treasurer Dennis Milligan particularly), is becoming more deeply mired in a political scandal.
    • Mar 4, 2016
  • Sabin's subterfuge in the race for mayor has roots in rigged city government

    The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that an ethics complaint has been filed saying that the exploratory committee Rep. Warwick Sabin created to prepare for a run for Little Rock mayor was a subterfuge to avoid the city ordinance that doesn't allow campaign fundraising to begin until five months before the November 2018 election.Of course it is.
    • Aug 10, 2017
  • Another Republican miracle-working governor

    Great piece in Washington Post on the budget crisis in Louisiana. Big tax cuts and corporate welfare will do that to a state, particularly to a state whose previous governor, Republican Bobby Jindal, refused to join the Obamacare-funded Medicaid expansion. There's a lesson there for Arkansas.
    • Mar 4, 2016

Most Shared

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation