Authorities in Arkansas are seizing hundreds of pounds of marijuana that was purchased legally in other states.
Since April 21, the Arkansas Highway Patrol has seized nearly 800 pounds of marijuana at a weigh station along I-40 in Alma, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports.
Authorities believe the marijuana was obtained legally in California or Colorado — where recreational marijuana is legal — before being loaded for illegal transport across state lines.
This is a problem we have discussed in the past. So-called “medical” or “recreational” marijuana is easily diverted to the black market or taken across state lines for sale in states where marijuana is still illegal.
In 2012 authorities concluded Colorado’s “medical” marijuana industry spawned an illegal drug trade, and that “medical” marijuana was being sold illegally in nearly half the country.
There simply are not enough safeguards in place to prevent “medical” and recreational marijuana from falling into the wrong hands or being sold illegally on the black market. That’s why Arkansans need to do as much as possible to protect our state from the dangers that marijuana pose.
Photo by the Arkansas Department of Transportation.
Last Friday Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge’s office rejected two proposals to legalize recreational marijuana in Arkansas.
The first proposal would let anyone 21 or older grow and use marijuana for medical or recreational purposes.
The A.G.’s offices noted a number of typos and errors in the measure, and ultimately rejected the proposal, saying the ballot title was “wholly inadequate” for a constitutional amendment.
The second proposal would let anyone 18 or older grow, sell, and use marijuana for any reason.
The A.G. rejected that measure as well, saying it was virtually identical to past marijuana proposals her office had rejected.
Attorney General Rutledge rejected at least 17 similar measures last year, and has rejected six recreational marijuana proposals so far this year.
As we have said before, marijuana’s proponents aren’t content with “medical marijuana.” The endgame is — and always has been — full legalization.
Photo By Cannabis Training University (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons