Arkansans Recently Bought Record Amounts of Marijuana

On Thursday, March 20, Arkansans spent record amounts of money on so-called “medical” marijuana, according to news sources.

Arkansans reportedly spent $565,000 on 92 pounds of marijuana.

Marijuana is big business in Arkansas.

The state’s “medical” marijuana amendment is so open-ended that practically anybody can buy and use marijuana.

Marijuana use is tied to a host of health problems.

A 2019 study presented at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions found that marijuana addiction among young people is tied to increased risk of heart problems.

A second study found regular marijuana use increases a young person’s risk of suffering a stroke.

study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology found marijuana use may increase a person’s risk of dying from hypertension more than threefold — and that the risk increases with each year a person smokes marijuana.

Marijuana use is tied to stroke as well as permanent loss in IQ and an increased risk for schizophrenia.

That’s part of the reason why the U.S. Surgeon General has issued warnings about marijuana.

As we have said for years: Marijuana may be many things, but “harmless” simply is not one of them.

Governor Hutchinson Calls for Special Day of Prayer

Yesterday Governor Asa Hutchinson issued a proclamation designating Sunday, March 29, a special day of prayer in Arkansas.

The governor is calling on Arkansans to pray for the state of Arkansas and for the Nation amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

The proclamation reads in part,

“As Arkansans, we strengthen our faith through prayer, and today, we come together united as a state seeking God’s reassurance and thanking Him for his guidance . . . In Deuteronomy 31:8, we are reminded of God’s promise, ‘The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave or forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged’ . . .”

You can read the entire proclamation here.

Please help spread the word that Sunday, March 29, is a special day of prayer for our state and country.

I hope you and your friends will join with us in praying for our state, our nation, and our leaders.

Updated: COVID-19 Recommendations for Churches

This afternoon Arkansas’ Secretary of Health and Governor Asa Hutchinson’s office issued a new health directive generally prohibiting gatherings of more than 10 people.

You can read the directive here.

The directive does not apply to places of worship, like churches.

That means that churches are allowed to meet.

However, to help slow the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), the state strongly encourages churches to limit person-to-person contact at their meetings and help churchgoers practice social distancing of six or more feet.

Our friends at Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. have put together a list of ideas and resources for churches in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Family Research Council offers a list of ways that churches can meet and stay connected with each other without taking unwise risks or exposing people to the coronavirus.

Their ideas and resources include ways churches can gather, serve, and stay informed as the outbreak unfolds.

They also offer prayer requests for our nation and legal resources for churches.

You can download Family Research Council’s ideas and resources for churches here.