Support for Marijuana Issue 4 Dwindling Despite Millions Spent to Pass It

The following is a press release from Family Council Action Committee.

LITTLE ROCK – On Monday reports filed with the Arkansas Ethics Commission showed the group Responsible Growth Arkansas had raised more than $13 millions of dollars to pass marijuana amendment Issue 4. In spite of this spending, Talk Business & Politics polling shows support for Issue 4 has fallen to 50.5% in Arkansas as of mid-October.

Family Council Action Committee Executive Director Jerry Cox released a statement, saying, “Issue 4 was crafted by marijuana insiders. It rewrites the medical marijuana amendment that voters passed in 2016, and it gives a handful of businessmen and bureaucrats control over the cannabis industry in Arkansas. Issue 4’s supporters are spending millions of dollars to persuade voters to back their measure, but Arkansans see this amendment for what it is. Issue 4 is the kind of crony politics that Arkansans are sick and tired of. We are confident that voters will reject marijuana amendment Issue 4 on Election Day.”

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Despite Liberalizing Drug Laws, Cartels Undeterred in Pacific Northwest

Illicit drugs recently seized in the Pacific Northwest.

A recent drug bust in the Pacific Northwest shows that legalization of marijuana has not weakened the control of drug cartels in the area.

The U.S. Department of Justice reported last week that authorities arrested eleven people from “three significant drug trafficking groups responsible for trafficking more than 1,000 pounds of methamphetamine and hundreds of thousands of fentanyl pills.”

In a press release, the DOJ said,

“These individuals were bringing large loads of meth, heroin, fentanyl and cocaine from Mexico across the border and up I-5 to the Pacific Northwest,” said U.S. Attorney Brown. “Even when an RV loaded with drugs was pulled off the highway and seized by law enforcement, they weren’t deterred. The wiretap revealed various organizations continued to recruit drivers and vehicles to transport their drugs throughout our District.”

This story further underscores how legalizing marijuana and other drugs fails to weaken the drug cartels and organized crime.

Colorado was the first state to start selling recreational marijuana, but authorities seized more fentanyl in Colorado during the first five months of this year than in all of 2021. Legalizing marijuana did not help the opioid epidemic there.

Illegal marijuana farms reportedly have inundated Oregon and California despite the decision to legalize marijuana in those states.

According to news reports, Oregon has been inundated with illegal marijuana farms “run and controlled by multinational criminal organizations” — in other words, drug cartels and organized crime — tied to human trafficking, theft, and violence.

California created a legal framework for growing and selling marijuana in order to weaken drug cartels’ power in the state, but instead the illegal marijuana farms have expanded.

Legalizing marijuana simply creates more drug problems. Contrary to popular belief, legalization does not decrease drug-related crime, and it does not alleviate drug abuse. If anything, it seems to make those problems worse.

Articles appearing on this website are written with the aid of Family Council’s researchers and writers.

Former Executive Director of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention Dr. Don Moore Opposes Marijuana Issue 4

On Monday Family Council received a written statement from the former Executive Director of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention Dr. Don Moore opposing marijuana amendment Issue 4.

In his statement, Dr. Moore said,

“History as well as science is supposed to guide reasonable and responsible people. Science is clear that marijuana has a detrimental effect on brain acuity. History demonstrates that the homeless and many mass murderers have a record of marijuana use. Being guided by scripture, as well as science and history, it is inconceivable that a follower of Christ would favor expanding a gateway drug to the most damaging addictions known to man.”

“Read the small print. Provisions of issue # 4 set forth protections and limitations not made on other Amendments to the Constitution. For every tax $1.00 gained by Colorado, a recreational marijuana state, the the state has had added expenditures of $4.56. No state has demonstrated that streets are safer and quality of life is better where marijuana is sold as a recreational drug. It is still an unnecessary ‘Drug.'”

Last month the current Executive Director of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention Dr. Sonny Tucker and the Arkansas Baptist State Convention itself released statements opposing Issue 4.

Dr. Tucker’s statement said,

“As followers of Christ, we are called to love our neighbor as ourselves,” Dr. Tucker said. “Legalizing marijuana does not show love to our neighbors. Drug abuse hurts families and robs people of their God-given potential. Over the past ten years we have seen those problems worsen in states that have legalized marijuana. All of us know someone who has been devastated by drug use. Issue 4 would devastate many communities in Arkansas.”