Yesterday marked the deadline to apply to grow or sell marijuana in Arkansas under the state’s new “medical marijuana” program.
State officials reported that approximately 300 companies and individuals applied to grow or sell the drug as of yesterday afternoon.
Of those 300 applicants, five growers and 32 sellers will be approved by the state.
Make no mistake about it: A lot of companies are hoping to make serious money off “medical marijuana” in Arkansas. Nearly half the people who voted last year voted against marijuana. Many of those who voted to legalize marijuana still want marijuana properly regulated.
We’re working with attorneys to help cities and counties who do not want marijuana businesses in their communities.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, September 18, 2017
LITTLE ROCK, AR – Monday marks the deadline for entities to apply with the state to grow or sell marijuana in Arkansas.
Family Council President Jerry Cox released a statement saying, “Family Council is committed to helping communities stay free of marijuana. Arkansas’ marijuana amendment gives citizens leeway when it comes to restricting marijuana farms and stores. We are working with attorneys and others to assist cities and counties who do not want marijuana businesses in their communities.”
Cox pointed out that many Arkansans do not support medical marijuana. “Nearly half the people who voted last year voted against marijuana. Many of those who voted to legalize marijuana still want marijuana properly regulated. They don’t want marijuana stores on Main Street, and they don’t want drug users wandering around parks and playgrounds. They want to protect their communities from the effects of marijuana, and we are here to help them do that.”
Marijuana activists have worked relentlessly this summer to get Arkansas’ Attorney General to approve a ballot proposal legalizing recreational marijuana.
This week Attorney General Leslie Rutledge’s office rejected yet another recreational marijuana amendment. Like past proposals, this amendment would have legalized the growth, sale, and use of marijuana in Arkansas.
By our count, this is the ninth attempt to legalize recreational marijuana since May of this year.
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: So-called “medical marijuana” is just a stepping stone. The endgame for marijuana’s supporters is — and always has been — full legalization of marijuana.