Support for Marijuana Issue 4 Plummets in U of A’s Arkansas Poll

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

LITTLE ROCK – On Thursday, the University of Arkansas released the results of its annual Arkansas Poll. The poll reveals that support for marijuana amendment Issue 4 has dwindled to new lows, with only 41% of Arkansans supporting the measure. Fifty-nine percent oppose Issue 4.

Family Council Action Committee Executive Director Jerry Cox released a statement, saying, “Arkansans understand that Issue 4 is a crony political measure that writes the marijuana industry into our state constitution. Law enforcement does not support this measure. The Arkansas Fraternal Order of Police issued a statement yesterday saying they oppose Issue 4. The Little Rock Police Department has said it does not support the measure. This poll shows that the vast majority of Arkansans don’t support Issue 4 either.”

Cox pointed out that dozens of leaders and organizations oppose marijuana Issue 4. “Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee opposes Issue 4. So does Governor Hutchinson, Lt. Governor Griffin, 64 Arkansas legislators, the Arkansas Senate Republican Caucus, the Arkansas Democratic Black Caucus, and many, many other leaders across the state. They understand that this is a dangerous measure that will hurt Arkansas and give a handful of businessmen and bureaucrats a monopoly on marijuana in Arkansas. We are continuing to urge voters to oppose Issue 4 as they head to the polls, and I am confident that Arkansans will reject Issue 4 on Election Day.”


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.”


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.

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