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The Group Trying To Block Medical Marijuana In Arkansas Has No Compassion

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Arkansas medical marijuana coalition to preserve arkansas valuesOnly Heartless People Would Stand In The Way Of Safe Access To Safe Medicine

When I read that Arkansas’ medical marijuana initiative was officially approved for the 2012 ballot, it was hard to keep my excitement contained. I have always thought that Arkansas has the best chance among the Southern states because of their initiative requirements (no signature zone requirements, such as in Florida). I also was able to meet some members of Arkansas Students for Sensible Drug Policy earlier this year, so I know how much hard work has gone into the signature gathering effort and other areas of the campaign.

It was with great sadness that I read about opposition mounting against the initiative. It has always frustrated me that there are people out there that feel the reefer madness propaganda they were taught growing up somehow trumps human compassion. If a medical marijuana opponent was in the shoes of a suffering patient, I guarantee they would want to be able to consume any kind of safe medicine that could cure or alleviate their symptoms. That goes for cannabis, or any other substance that is proven to be safe. However, it’s always easier for people to throw stones at others that fall into a category that the stone-thrower doesn’t.

So who is opposing medical marijuana in Arkansas? And what is their reasoning? Let’s check out an excerpt from a local media outlet to try to gain a better understanding of what it means to be ignorant and heartless:

“The Coalition to Preserve Arkansas Values…members include Larry Page of the Arkansas Faith and Ethics Council, Jerry Cox of the Family Council Action Committee, Bill Wheeler and Alan Talburt of Families First Foundation, and Bob Hester of the Arkansas Family Coalition.” – NWAHomepage.Com

The article went on to quote Jerry Cox as saying, “This measure has little to do with compassionate care. If medical marijuana proponents had the best interests of patients in mind, they would lobby Congress to pass a legal measure that would let the medical community test marijuana for health applications. They would let the FDA prescribe unified treatment and dosing standards. That’s what the American Medical Association thinks they should do, and I’m inclined to agree.”

Guess what Mr. Cox, WE HAVE BEEN TRYING TO GET THE FEDS TO DO RESEARCH FOR DECADES! It’s not activists’ faults that Congress hasn’t done what’s right yet. Why is it that people feel so strongly against medical marijuana, yet don’t do the easy research that is needed to bolster (or in this case kill) their argument? Activists have been trying to get the federal government to reschedule cannabis, and study it for a long, long time Mr. Cox. IF MEDICAL MARIJUANA OPPONENTS HAD THE BEST INTEREST OF PATIENTS IN MIND, THEY WOULD LET US TAKE THEM UP ON THEIR OFFER AND DO FEDERAL LEVEL RESEARCH!!

The fact is, Mr. Cox knows what a lot of political scientists also know – that it’s WAY easier to maintain the status quo and stick your head in the ground than it is to bring about real, positive change in politics. Mr. Cox knows that he has no solid arguments, and that a vast majority of Arkansas voters, if given a fair explanation, would vote for the initiative. So rather than run a truthful campaign, the Coalition to Preserve Arkansas Values is going to run a boogieman campaign.

I guess there’s only one thing left to do – let Mr. Cox and his group know about all of the research that has been done despite the federal government’s unwillingness to do what Mr. Cox claims he wants to have happen. If Mr. Cox truly just wants research, than he should be delighted to get all of the information that is already out there. I’m going to go out on a limb and predict that despite the overwhelming evidence that marijuana is medicine, Mr. Cox will not change his tone, even when presented with the facts. What argument will he cling to next? I guess we’ll have to hold our noses and wait and see.

I couldn’t find contact information directly to the Coalition to Preserve Arkansas Values, which is not uncommon for hack, anti-medical marijuana organizations. But what I did find was the phone number and general e-mail information for Jerry Cox’s home organization, the Family Council Action Committee. (501) 375-7000 info@familycouncil.org. Call and e-mail often. I suggest telling them how medical marijuana has saved someone in your family!

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  1. disqus_njfIprLI36 on

    Be sure to call and write Mr. Bill Wheeler as well and let him know that we think we should have a vote instead of a lawsuit…
    Bill Wheeler, Executive Director, Families First Foundation PO Box 1081 • 307 Judge Smith Drive • Marion, AR 72364 870-739-5288

  2. A large part of what this is about is getting the federal govt. to admit that it is a valid safe medicine. The disinformation spread about it by industries that have taken over our govt. is a pack of LIES constructed to keep the rich, rich and the poor, poor. If you mix hemp with concrete you get a block that is lighter and 40% stronger too. For clothing it’s fiber is much stronger and softer too and does not have to be spun so its cheaper to process. Making hemp illegal in 1937 was the biggest rip off of the American consumer EVER. You can use it as fuel and Henry Ford built a car that was %80 hemp and ran on hemp oil too and that comes from the hurds which is what’s left after you use it for other things. It is truly the ” plant of renown ” from the Bible and has no evil in it. It makes more things than any plant on Earth. Protein bars of hemp were given to the soldiers in WW1 because it has the most nutritional seed of any plant. Ignoring it’s benefit is the biggest folly of man…

  3. hello i suffer from a rare blood cancer that comes with unbareable nerve and bone pane i also have fibromyalgia which does have a lot of the some pain sym i cant take a lot of pain meds

  4. THANK YOU, Mr. Johnny Green!!! Mr. Cox, you do need to , at the LEAST some research about Medical Marijuana, CANNABIS, as I prefer. Cannabis is a natural herb, it is not a drug. It has been classified WRONG, by our Government. It has NEVER HURT ANYONE. It has only HELPED people. If you would take a look … at some research, you would know this.May I suggest you start with this Storm Crow stormcrow@greenpassion.org http://mail.aol.com/36962-112/aol-6/en-us/mail/get-attachment.aspx?uid=30012220&folder=%2fSaved%2fMY+STUFF&partId=1&saveAs=2012_July_Index.pdf … Here you will find HUNDREDS of DOCUMENTED cases where Medical Marijuana HELP… &… or CURED several types of illness & people deserve COMPASSION. Also, “We the People” have spoken, we have made the ballot, & as tax-paying-legal-citizens, we deserve FREEDOM of CHOICE, at the very least. I am OUTRAGED that, as a religious group,you all would even consider being UN-compassionate, without obviously ANY RESEARCH done on such an IMPORTANT ISSUE,as citizen’s HEALTH & LIFE & DEATH situations. I just don’t understand how ANYONE can be so CLOSED MINDED THEY KNOW NOTHING ABOUT.

  5. Random Citizen of Arkansas on

    I suffer from fibromyalgia, bad anxiety, asthma, and heart disease runs in my family. All of the illnesses I mentioned are curable by medicinal marijuana

  6. I suffer from intractable pain & spasms due to severe peripheral neuropathy & strokes incurred while comatose. I will never be rid of this according to physicians, who also recommend the legs be elevated continuously. Pharamaceuticals that had been prescribed provide no pain alleviation – so much as sedation & lessening of focused attention, along with further reduction of life quality due to organ damage the pills induce.
    My condition is neuropathic. The CBD/THC in medicinal cannabis affects the neural pathways directly, easing the indescribable pain thereby allowing greater movement and accomplishment. It is no party, what I & many experience on this level & far worse. We DO NOT expect a party. But WE DO need the relief & must seek the help.
    Cox et al’s suit suits no one & is intended to do the opposite; the demands entailed in it are in fact ignorant & fear-based, impractical, unreasonable, and an affront to the Secretary of State & the process of the vote in Arkansas.

  7. You should also bear in mind, my fellow Americans, that Barack Obama’s own MOTHER died from cancer and Mitt Romney’s own WIFE has Multiple Sclerosis.

    Both of these men want your vote for president and both of these men love people riddled with horrific conditions proven to be helped by marijuana.

    Let your vote be heard. Anyone who can look at a suffering and dying human being and deny them medication which will likely ease their discomfort is NOT someone you want as president.

  8. And the Federal Government won’t do the research either because they know exactly what that research is going to reveal: That marijuana provides vast medical benefits, with few, if any, negative side-effects. For now, they hide behind the illegality which prevents the research that could remove the illegality. However, there are limits to which truth can be suppressed

    Also, it is slightly disturbing how these “Faith and Values” groups have attempted to hijack the terms “faith and values” for their own agendas. For myself, and millions of other Americans, faith and values means providing, and not restricting, the needs of the infirm and dying.