Lawsuit Seeks to Get Medical Marijuana Proposal off Arkansas’s November Ballot

A lawsuit has been filed to get the medical marijuana proposal off Arkansas’s November ballot. The Coalition to Preserve Arkansas Values filed a lawsuit with the Arkansas Supreme Court today, asking the court to remove the measure.

Coalition 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.

Jerry Cox, President of Family Council Action Committee and one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, issued a statement saying that the ballot proposal is legally insufficient.

The issue will be on November’s ballot, after a statewide petition effort gathered the required amount of signatures.

“This ballot proposal is one hundred percent illegal under federal law,” Cox said. “Marijuana is illegal because of federal statute passed by Congress. Only the federal government can change that. The Arkansas Constitution and the United States Constitution both prevent Arkansas from passing laws that blatantly defy federal law.”

“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.”

– Read the entire article at NWA Homepage.

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  1. Atlanta Toker on

    Isn’t it funny how all these states are willing to ignore the Federal government when it comes to their position on immigration, however when it comes to marijuana they start licking those big black boots in Washington DC with all the tongue they can muster. What a bunch on cowards.

    What everybody in Arkansas should be trying to preserve and teach their young people is how not to be a sniveling coward when it comes the freedoms and the liberties that people in these PACs, Foundations and Faith groups are beating you out of on a daily basis.

    Don’t let them do it Arkansas. These “so called preservationist” morons and the federal government need to understand that states rights matter and if the Federal government is doing their job correctly (which they never seem to be able to do) they really wouldn’t have time to deal with these petty matters dealing in life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It’s what we are supposed to be all about.

    On the national level, do yourself a favor and Vote Gary Johnson ladies and Gentlemen. He and Judge Gray would be a far better choice as Americans than any other candidate now that Ron Paul is out of the race. Stop doing what everybody tells you to do, and stop allowing them to limit your choices.. There are more than the 2 tokens running for President of the United States.

    Not only do Gary Johnson and Judge Gray believe in changing drug laws ending prohibition for marijuana they will invoke the Fair Tax Act. Everybody has an opportunity to win this way.
    Can you say that about any other candidate? NO. Vote for Gary Johnson and Judge Gray. Be a real Americans for a change instead of just one of the party puppets. Take a stand for real Freedom and Liberty.

  2. Worm on

    They fight the federal government to keep their slaves but ask for federal help to take away cannabis.

    Peace & Pot

  3. Anonymous on

    “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.”

    What a crock of bs. Apparently he’s chosen to forget that the DEA took 9 years to finally getting around to denying a request to move cannabis from schedule 1 to schedule 2. and he’s also apparently chosen to ignore the fact that cannabis consumers have been asking the FDA to test for decades but again, the feds refuse to allow it. This is just another example of religious fanatics trying to dictate which values the rest of us can have. I wish every time I read something like this there was a follow up article telling about how a jackass like this was raped and murdered. I wonder how he’d like having his rights violated…