The following is a press release from Coalition to Preserve Arkansas Values.
The Coalition to Preserve Arkansas Values filed a lawsuit with the Arkansas Supreme Court today, asking the court to remove a medical marijuana proposal from the November ballot. Coalition members include Larry Page of the Arkansas Faith and Ethics Council, Jerry Cox of the Family Council Action Committee, Bill Wheeler and Alan Talburt of Families First Foundation, and Bob Hester of the Arkansas Family Coalition.
Jerry Cox, President of Family Council Action Committee and one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, issued a statement saying that the ballot proposal is legally insufficient.
“This ballot proposal is one hundred percent illegal under federal law,” Cox said. “Marijuana is illegal because of federal statute passed by Congress. Only the federal government can change that. The Arkansas Constitution and the United States Constitution both prevent Arkansas from passing laws that blatantly defy federal law.”