Family Council Action Committee Vows to Fight Medical Marijuana Proposal

Family Council Action Committee Vows to Fight Medical Marijuana Proposal

Group's leader says "This measure is not about freedom or medicine. It’s a way marijuana growers in other states can get their foot in the door in Arkansas."
LITTLE ROCK, AR (News Release) On Tuesday, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel authorized a group to begin gathering signatures to place a proposal legalizing medical marijuana on the ballot for November of 2014.

Family Council Action Committee President Jerry Cox released a statement, saying, “This is ultimately about legalizing marijuana. That’s what we’ve seen in every other state that has gone down this road: Proponents pass ‘medical’ marijuana laws, and then use that as an excuse to come back later and legalize marijuana outright.”

Cox said there is no credible, medical evidence marijuana effectively treats illness. “This topic has been studied for the past two decades. At best, the study results are insufficient or inconclusive. At worst, they show marijuana is actually harmful when used as ‘medicine.’ That’s why the American Medical Association; the American Academy of Pediatrics; the American College of Pediatricians; the American Glaucoma Society; and the American Academy of Ophthalmology all oppose measures like this. These groups represent some of the brightest medical experts in the world. Why would you support something they do not?”

Cox said it’s important for Arkansans to know that even if this proposal passes, marijuana will still be illegal under federal law. “Legally, the State of Arkansas has almost no wiggle-room when it comes to marijuana. Congress made it illegal to grow, possess, or use marijuana under any circumstances in the 1970s. This proposal puts Arkansas squarely in conflict with federal law.

“This measure is not about freedom or medicine. It’s a way marijuana growers in other states can get their foot in the door in Arkansas. Every one of us has had friends or relatives who were robbed of their futures by drug addiction. The last thing we need to do is pass a law that will add to any of that addiction in our state.”
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