Arkansas State Agency Head Distributes Talking Points Against Medical Marijuana

Jennifer Gallaher, director of the Arkansas Division of Behavioral Health Services, has distributed a memo to employees with talking points against the medical marijuana initiative.

The Negative Impact of Legalizing Medical Marijuana

The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act would allow the use of “medical” marijuana. The Arkansas Department of Health would sell “medical” marijuana cards. Marijuana would be purchased from dispensaries or patients could grow a maximum of six plants for themselves.

In State Fiscal Year 2012, 2,112 individuals treated by substance abuse providers in Arkansas funded by the Division of Behavioral Health Services cited Marijuana as their primary drug of choice. Of the 2,112 individuals, 419 were under the age of 17, 620 were between the ages of 18 and 24, and 690 were between the ages of 25 and 34.

Among youths age 12 to 17, marijuana usage rates are higher in states with “medical” marijuana laws (8.6 percent) compared with those without such laws (6.9 percent). Additionally, “medical” marijuana states are at the top of the list in terms of drug addiction and abuse among 12-17 year olds.

– Read the entire article at Arkansas Times.



  1. Son of Sam Walton on

    In states that have Medical Marijuana -pot use is higher with teens. In states that don’t have Medical Pot, pot use is less than in states that have MMJ -because kids in non-medical MJ states are using pills, booze, crack, and meth at higher rates. MMJ takes away the drug dealer. Kids that have access to slighly cheeper kush (because of MMJ) are deciding to party with Bud and not Budweiser. MMJ takes away one more ‘don’t ever push the big red button’ button’s and replaces it with choice, which allows freedom, destorys elements of hypocrisy (I cannot get stoned, but am allowed to die from a cheesburger overdose or booze) . . . and thus encourages education on substance subject matters and it forces the kids to act like adults, instead of children being watched (like the adults as well) by the nanny state.

  2. Anonymouse on

    In America we throw around statistics as if they are fact without providing the data, names and other pertinent information to support the stats. Just the mere mention of percentages often gives the reader a sense of the article’s credibility. Numbers are by no means any more credible than the words and figures within an article (memo or report), nor does their presence fortify truth or falsehood of the subject matter.

    Due to the illegality and lingering negative social stigma of cannabis use, most will not admit cannabis use. As false propaganda continues to fade and cannabis grows in favor within a society, users will come out of the closet (so to speak), and admit (past, present) use. Purveyors of the evils of cannabis will often site these statistical increases in use as negative aspects of cannabis law reform (that allow for medicinal use as well as decriminalization or legalization). This is impossible to prove because the original numbers are not a accurate representation of use or abuse. People that abuse prescription, heroin and cocaine will often site softer drugs as their “drug of choice” to play down their problem. Funny how government agencies often state that drug users are unreliable and stupid, but often cite a surveys taken by drug users as imperative information.

    It is widely accepted that most law enforcement agencies are against any state or local measures that allow for medicinal use of cannabis. There is a possibility that they have a tendency to pursue cannabis offenses more vigorously due to their disdain for the law. This then become more of an issue whether the speculative rise in youth usage is actually a secondary circumstance cause by overly aggressive acts of law enforcement agencies to bolster their youth arrests in order to support a future repeal of the laws.

    Far to many variables in play to make claims about illicit drug use if it continues to be illegal.