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Re: “Medical marijuana headed to November ballot

I really wish these guys hadn't collected enough signatures to turn in. I hope they don't have enough for the extra 30th days. We don't need two initiatives on the ballot. Both groups badmouth the other and people are going to vote for the one they like better, which means both will fail. I'll vote for both, but many will vote for one but not the other.

Shayne Gray made a post above that showed the confusion with these two initiatives. He thinks this one, the Arkansas Medical MariJuan Amendment, is the same as the other one, the Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act. It is not. This one they are talking about in the article that just turned in signatures is the amendment, not the act. The AMCA already turned in their signatures and they were counted and there were enough to be on the ballot. The AMMA didn't turn in enough so they will be collecting signatures for 30 days.

I hope people refuse to sign it. Having two initiatives on the ballot will make both fail. One on the ballot might win with 51% of the vote or something like that. Two will split the vote. I wonder if that's not the goal of the AMMA guys. Clearly they don't want a medical marijuana initiative to pass or they would have dropped out and thrown their support to the other initiative a long time ago. Instead they attack it and keep pushing this competing measure that will ruin the chance of any medical marijuana initiative passing this year.

If both make it on the ballot just vote for both. The differences between them aren't that great. Picking one to vote for but not the other will make both lose. This will be cost and every vote will count.

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Posted by Bill Griggs on 07/11/2016 at 9:17 PM

Re: “Beebe and pardons: He puts hold on controversial case; also plans pardon for son

This is silly. Did you look at the list of people recommended for pardon when his son was recommended? Kyle Beebe got caught with two ounces of weed, which would be a misdemeanor today since we've changed our pot laws in Arkansas to make it such that anything under four ounces is usually going to be a misdemeanor. The other 16 people recommended for pardon in October had convictions for things like burglary, breaking or entering, multiple counts of delivery of cocaine, forgery, felony theft, felony battery, etc. This is not some major criminal getting some special deal. I can't imagine why any governor wouldn't pardon someone with the same criminal history, same conviction, who had stayed out of trouble and lived as a productive citizen for this many years and was recommended for pardon by the parole board after that lengthy and thorough application process like Kyle Beebe.

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Posted by Bill Griggs on 11/14/2014 at 1:19 PM

Re: “Medical marijuana initiative qualifies for ballot

Slingerland, whether it's "a joke" for many who use it or not doesn't really matter. They're using it anyway. Pot is everywhere. Here in Arkansas Mexican pot dominates the market because it's so cheap and plentiful. I've been working in the criminal justice system for a lot of years and the vast majority of all the pot seized here is compressed Mexican bud. If people start producing more here that just means less money goes to drug cartels.

Does having medical marijuana laws mean more people will smoke pot? That's not what the data indicates in states that have it. The thing is that these people are going to smoke pot anyway, and there is no shortage in supply here or anywhere as it is. There's plenty of pot in Arkansas and it's not hard to find at all.

As for violating federal law, that's between the feds and those who violate the federal laws. Let the feds enforce their laws. They don't have the manpower. They'll selectively bust people trying to make a big business out of medical marijuana and leave everybody else alone, like they've done in the 17 other states that have medical marijuana.

Eventually, it's just going to be legal kind of like alcohol. Already national polls from Gallup and Rassmusen and other polsters are showing that a slight majority of Americans want marijuana to be legal like alcohol. The strongest opposition tends to come from older voters who grew up before marijuana use took off in this country and they are slowly but surely dying off or growing too old and sick to vote. Support for legalization has been growing by around a point a year for a couple of decades now and it's growing faster now with no signs of slowing down. I'm still seeing lots of arrests and lots of people going to prison, money being wasted trying in vain to kep up the ban and it just seems so stupid to me given that it's obvious that were a few years to a maybe a couple of decades tops from seeing pot being legal like alcohol.

Medical marijuana, heck yeah, legalize it. Some very sick people will benefit from that. Many will try to just use medical marijuana as a cover for pure recreational use, but so what? They're already smoking pot and there is no shortage of it and no availibility problems as it is. That stuff is everywhere and it's cheap and easy to find. Some medical marijuana will likely end up on the street. But again, so what? There are ridiculous amounts of pot out there already and so much of it is coming from Mexican drug cartels. Personally, I think it would be better if more of what is already going to be consumed anyway came from local people who aren't part of giant criminal organizations funded in large part by marijuana sold in this country. And I'm a criminal defense attorney who has handled literally thousands of pounds worth of marijuana cases, most of that weight being Mexican pot pulled off I-40.

I think smoking pot is a stupid waste of time but the fact is that according the federal numbers over half of all American adults under 65 have smoked it, well over a 100 million, and every year a few million more do despite our best efforts to take out the supply and reduce demand. If we were talking about something like methamphetamine, I'd say fight the good fight, but pot? It's not that bad and keeping it illegal just makes it such that more people are exposed to drugs like meth because they same people up the line are producing and selling it. You worry about pot being a gateway to harder stuff? Let it be sold from stores like like liquor stores and it would be much less of a gateway drug. Far fewer people will ever even see these other drugs they so often run across just because they smoke marijuana. We could hardly make it more availible than it already is by legalizing it outright, and something as benign as allowing medical marijuana isn't going to matter at all in that respect.

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Posted by Bill Griggs on 08/23/2012 at 11:19 AM

 

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