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Initiative To Legalize Marijuana Moves Forward In Arkansas


Arkansas marijuanaColorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and Washington D.C. have all legalized marijuana. Within the next two years, more that a dozen states could join that list. One of those states may be Arkansas, where a marijuana legalization initiative campaign is underway. The Arkansas Attorney General recently approved the ballot tile for the initiative, which is a big first step. Per KATV:

A group is spearheading a campaign to create a new constitutional amendment in Arkansas that would legalize marijuana – both for medicinal and recreational purposes. The group got approval from Attorney General Dustin McDaniel’s office on the wording of their ballot title last week – now the group awaits approval the Secretary of State’s office on the wording of their petition instructions.

Fred Porter, co-author of the Arkansas Hemp & Marijuana Amendment is probably the last person you think would be pushing for marijuana legalization. Porter is pastor at the Sabbath Day Church of God in Hot Springs, as well as vice president of Arkansas CALM, the Citizen’s Alliance for the Legalization of Marijuana.

“We want it regulated, we want it made available and we think we have the very best amendment out there to do that,” said Porter.

It’s rapidly becoming easier to make a list of states that won’t legalize marijuana by 2016, rather than a list of states that may succeed in reforming their marijuana laws. I’ll be reaching out to the Arkansas campaign to see if they need help spreading their message. If you live in Arkansas, please do everything you can to help by volunteering and contributing to the campaign in anyway that you can.


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  • 2buds4me

    Yes, works great for me. I too prefer a Sativa dominant hybrid. I find it works best as a preventative, daily dosing an hr before bed, and again if I wake too early in the morning. Switching to an Indica at the onset of an attack and allowing yourself to go relax and to sleep works very well. If I’m already into a full blown migraine I stay away from Mary Jane as it tends to amplify my symptoms. Noises seem louder, light more intense, head banging becomes more intense as well. I’ve gone from 2-3 migraines a week ( 24-36 hrs each) in the pre MJ years to 1- 24 hr every month while daily dosing now.

  • 2buds4me

    Not for me it doesn’t. I’ve done my own research, and it’s reliable. But thanks for playing.

    I can drop 10 points 10 minutes after 3 vape pen hits. I vape hybreds – Alien OG just an hr before my physical last week, 112/76 @ over 50 yrs old. I’m right here with ya Austin and lotsohair. I vape for relief/prevention of migraines, PTSD from childhood, ticking syndrome, ADHD and trouble sleeping – can’t get my mind to stop racing.

  • Josh

    Many petitions have been made in this effort, hopefully our voice will be heard

  • medsmoke

    Mary Jane raises your blood pressure! !! Do some research. I’m all for medical use being legal but the blood pressure thing is false

  • Smoke one

    Legalize it don’t criticize it. I can’t wait to be able to grow my own mids

  • Austin Mac

    I am a disabled vet..I am in arkansas. I have si band issues, a split in my right pelvis my lower lumbar has a twist in it and my right hip will not stay in socket fully.and thanks to modern medicine I am addicted to opiates now.So for the last 4 years I have been on tramadol and hydros,along with a long list of muscle relaxers and other pills to help with the pain. Nothing works and I am addicted to the opioids and the pain still resides. I used to smoke and I know that it works, and takes the pain away. I am one of the many that have a true use for it and think it is wrong of the state and federal gov. To tell us that we can’t use something that is proven to help the sick. We need to push this bill through.I don’t care about the rec use but I do want the medical pushed through.

  • lotsofhair

    I just moved here from Florida and I suffer from various things that I use Mary Jane for, number #1 is high blood pressure . #2 anxiety. #3 arthritis. And a few others. I can’t afford to go to the doctor and pay for all the meds I would need, so what is a girl to do to be normal?

  • newageblues

    Pretty sure you’ll have medical approved in 2016. It got 58% last year in an off year election when young people tend not to vote, it should be pretty easy to get 60% next year. I just hope they don’t water it down too much, the 2014 initiative was nice and liberal.

  • newageblues

    Sure, I’d like to hear it.

  • Robert Ross

    (No prohibition of cannabis or any other drug is made in the Ten Commandments: See Ex. 20:1-17)

    (Cannabis is mentioned in Ex. 30:23 but King James mistranslated it as ‘sweet calamus’) :
    Moreover, the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, 23 Take thou also unto thee principal spices, of pure myrrh five hundred shekels, and of sweet cinnamon half so much, even 250 shekels, and of qaneh-bosm [cannabis] 250 shekels, 24 And of cassia 500 shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary, and of oil olive an hin: 25 And thou shalt make it an oil of holy anointment, an ointment compound after the art of the apothecary: it shall be an holy anointing oil. 26 And thous shalt anoint the tabernacle of the congregation therewith, and the ark of the testimony, 27 And the table and all his vessels, and the candlestick ahd his vessels, and the altar of incense, 28 And the altar of burnt offerings with all his vessels, and the laver and his foot. 29 And thou shalt sanctify them, that they may be most holy: whatsoever toucheth them shall be holy. (Exodus 30:22-29)

    * As one shekel equals approximately 16.37 grams, this means that the THC from over 9 pounds of flowering cannabis tops were extracted into a hind, about 6.5 litres of oil. The entheogenic effects of such a solution — even when applied topically -would undoubtedly have been intense.

  • Robert Ross

    I can relate brother. I have a lot of medical problems like the ones you mentioned. Mainly spinal stenosis, sciatica, nerve damage, disc damage and I get tired of swallowing a hand full of drugs giving me God knows what side effects.

  • a leisure

    I have two different kinds of arthritis. Facet and spondylosis sciatica and degenerative disease. I to am on alot of pain medicine that could be cut in half if marijuana were legal in Arkansas.. This needs to pass..

  • unknown

    I am a medical retired vet at the age of 24. I have PTSD, spinal stenosis, sciatica, nerve damage and the list goes on. I am moving from Michigan to Arkansas to go to UALR to become a civil engineer I used medical hemp in Michigan to get rid of a lot of my pills. I don’t want to go back to taking the bag of pills each day and living with the side effects. I hope this is passed because I am one who believes in medical hemp.

  • thatguy

    It would further the economy provide more demand and jobs. Long story short you don’t have to use marijuana to see it should be legal.

  • Destiny Willis

    Yes absolutely but u need a sativa

  • Bruce spears

    The world would be a better place with legal weed

  • Bruce spears

    The people have the right to smoke weed when ever we want

  • Bruce spears

    Hurry and make it legal in Arkansas the people are tired of waiting

  • denise

    would a petition help get the law passed in our state.

  • Justin Graziano

    Good point!