The following blog post is by Family Council staff member Deborah Deuerman.

The effort to make “medical” marijuana legal in Arkansas is a ploy, a ruse, a scam.  It’s a masquerade, a facade, camouflage.  The goal is not to make marijuana available to a few sick people for medical use.  It’s to make marijuana legal for everyone—they want recreational marijuana.

Marijuana is now fully legal in Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska and the District of Columbia.  Oregon, Alaska and Washington legalized “medical” marijuana in 1998; Colorado in 2000 and D.C. in 2010.  Marijuana was decriminalized (lessens the criminal penalties or makes it a misdemeanor instead of a felony) years before in all these places.

So-called “medical” marijuana is legal now in 21 other states.  Voters in 5 of them will determine in November this year whether marijuana will be fully legal, that is, approved for recreational use.

Campaigns to legalize marijuana at any level are funded by national groups such as the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) and National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).  They have contributed millions of dollars to these efforts.

These legalization “pushers” don’t hide their plans:

“The key to it is medical access, because once you have hundreds of thousands of people using marijuana under medical supervision the whole scam is going to be bought. Once there’s medical access…then we will get full legalization.”

-Richard Cowan, former director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

Note he says “scam.”  We can stop this masquerade ball in Arkansas.  We don’t want to dance.  We don’t want recreational marijuana.  Let’s not take the first step toward it.  We must VOTE AGAINST MARIJUANA on November 8.

Photo Credit: “Cannabis Plant” by Cannabis Training University – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.