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Yesterday, Arkansas State Senator J. Bryant introduced a bill that would put legalization recreational marijuana sales and home grow on the ballot next general election if passed.
In 2022, Smart Approaches to Marijuana Action (SAM Action) helped the group Safe and Secure Communities Arkansas defeat Issue 4, the Arkansas ballot initiative that would have legalized recreational marijuana. Despite Arkansans sending a clear message that they do not want legalization, the marijuana industry continues to push for legal weed in the Bear State.
“Arkansans sent a clear message in 2022: they don’t want marijuana in their state. They recognized that legalization is nothing more than a way for rich investors to profit off of an addiction-for-profit model targeted at our kids. There is no appetite for yet another ballot measure trying to legalize marijuana in Arkansas,” said Luke Niforatos, Executive Vice President of SAM Action. “The home grow provisions of this bill are dangerous, too. Legalizing home grow only invites drug cartels into the state. Cartels can cut trafficking costs by producing marijuana in-state, putting the safety of Arkansans at serious risk.
“SJR 13 is an industry bill that, if passed, will hurt Arkansans. The voters of Arkansas already had to vote on the health and safety of their children last year when legalization was on the ballot. They should not have to do so again.”