A.G. Rejects Recreational Marijuana (Again)

February 2, 2018 | Posted in Marijuana | By

On Wednesday Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge rejected yet another proposal to legalize recreational marijuana.

The measure would have let adults and companies grow, buy, sell, and use marijuana for any reason.

The A.G.’s office rejected it, citing ambiguities in the measure’s text along with similarities to past marijuana proposals her office rejected.

Attorney General Rutledge rejected at least 17 similar measures last year. This is the second recreational marijuana proposal her office has rejected since January 2.

As we have said before, marijuana’s proponents aren’t content with “medical marijuana.” The endgame is — and always has been — full legalization.

You can read the A.G.’s entire opinion here.

A.G. Rejects Yet Another Recreational Marijuana Proposal

January 9, 2018 | Posted in Marijuana | By

Last week Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge rejected a proposal to legalize recreational marijuana in Arkansas.

The proposal would have let adults and companies grow, buy sell, and use marijuana for any reason.

The A.G.’s office rejected the measure, citing “fundamental deficiencies in the proposed measure’s text and ballot title.”

Attorney General Rutledge rejected more than a dozen similar measures last year.

As we have said before, marijuana’s proponents aren’t content with “medical marijuana.” The endgame is — and always has been — full legalization.

Read the A.G.’s full opinion here.

Federal Government to Enforce Anti-Marijuana Laws

January 4, 2018 | Posted in Marijuana | By

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

On Thursday U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo directing prosecutors to enforce federal laws against marijuana. The memo rescinded the Obama Administration’s policies that generally prevented enforcement in states where medical or recreational marijuana had been legalized.

Family Council President Jerry Cox released a statement saying, “We are pleased with the federal Justice Department’s decision to enforce our nation’s anti-drug laws. For too long, federal officials have turned a blind eye to so-called ‘medical’ and recreational marijuana in the U.S. That needs to change.”

Cox said he hopes federal prosecutors will help keep marijuana out of Arkansas. “Arkansas’ marijuana amendment gives a handful of businesses a monopoly on marijuana, and it lets practically anyone qualify to use marijuana if they want to. Marijuana is a blight on the community. Arkansas already has a bad enough drug problem as it is. We don’t need stores out here selling marijuana on Main Street. I hope today’s decision will help keep marijuana out of our communities.”

Cox said the memo from the U.S. Attorney General should not come as a surprise to anyone. “Federal law is perfectly clear when it says marijuana is illegal. There is no question about that. Even Arkansas’ medical marijuana amendment admits that marijuana is illegal under federal law. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that the federal government would want to enforce its own laws. If people want to legalize marijuana, then they ought to take that up with Congress.”

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