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Medical marijuana a 'Trojan horse,' police chief says

By Scott Carroll

This article was published September 15, 2016 at 3:05 a.m.

Little Rock Police Chief Kenton Buckner spoke against medical marijuana at a political luncheon Wednesday, less than two months before voters will decide whether to legalize medical use of the drug in Arkansas.

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Happy1234 says... September 15, 2016 at 7:55 a.m.

Think it through.
If I am in pain from some sort of disease why shouldn't I have the right to legally try whatever pain reliever I personally choose.
As far as kids getting pot--------------give me a break, any kid wanting pot can get pot faster than you can get a script at walmart on Saturday morning.
Keeping medical pot from you or me will not keep pot from little Johnny.

If a 16yr old girl can legally get an abortion whithout her parents permission why can't a 70yr old smoke pot to ease pain?

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Pearl1975 says... September 15, 2016 at 8:35 a.m.

I agree with Happy! If we can buy booze, then we should be able to buy pot & the state reap the rewards, via revenue/tax dollars. Not to even mention Medial Pot. What the hell? Would the government rather folks be addicted to opiates? The states that have legalized pot are enjoying lower addiction rates from the hard drugs. I think an adult should be able to indulge, if they chose to do so.

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NoUserName says... September 15, 2016 at 9:37 a.m.

Of course it's a trojan horse. But that's only because of the absurdity that it's illegal in the first place.

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Zepplin1 says... September 15, 2016 at 9:45 a.m.

Buckner, who leads the state's largest police department, told the Political Animals Club of Little Rock on Wednesday that medical marijuana is a "scam."

"It's a Trojan horse to recreational use of marijuana," he said. "Think of all of the problems that we have in our city and put it through your intelligent mind and ask yourself, 'Will marijuana fix that?'

a:what would a police chief know about anything medical & whether its a scam or not..........nothing.

b: medical marijuana isn't intended to fix 'all the problems that we have in our city.'

c: next election is a great time to find a police chief with a more 'intelligent mind'

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DoubleBlind says... September 15, 2016 at 10:36 a.m.

I agree pot should be legalized but I respectfully disagree with Buckner, not condemn him on this alone. I give him credit for acknowledging who commits the bulk of crime in LR. I give him credit for recognizing LR police are understaffed and doing something proactive to determine if there is something wrong with the recruitment process that can be corrected. I give him credit for opposing a requirement to have cops live within LR city limits, which would further limit recruiting. I think he's an intelligent, thoughtful man with a very difficult job to do.

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TimberTopper says... September 15, 2016 at 11:06 a.m.

Hell, it's the same principal as bootleggers in a dry county. Somebody gets paid.

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Jfish says... September 15, 2016 at 11:44 a.m.

Thank you Chief Buckner for stating the obvious facts about these proposals.

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JoeHartwig says... September 15, 2016 at 2:06 p.m.

Here's a thought Mr. Buckner. Quit fooling with pot. Concentrate on the bad stuff like meth, oxy and heroin. Just a thought.

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