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Little Rock board rejects leniency policy for marijuana arrests

Police chief, mayor voiced their opposition before vote

By Chelsea Boozer

This article was originally published June 6, 2018 at 4:30 a.m. Updated June 6, 2018 at 2:52 p.m.

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Ward 2 City Director Ken Richardson is shown in this file photo beside a portion of his proposed ordinance that would have made misdemeanor marijuana arrests the lowest priority for the Little Rock Police Department.

The majority of members on the Little Rock Board of Directors turned down a proposal Tuesday to create a new policy that would have made misdemeanor marijuana arrests the lowest priority of the Little Rock Police Department.

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yellowcat says... June 6, 2018 at 8:44 a.m.

If the car thingy keeps you from lightening up on recreational pot smoking make the proposal with the exception of a vehicle.

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yellowcat says... June 6, 2018 at 8:48 a.m.

"I challenge you to find anyone sitting in the Pulaski County jail today solely for use of marijuana," Buckner said last week when the ordinance was first discussed by the board.

And do we really need a police chief that is obviously this stupid? Folks, that was an irrational man hunting for a reason to oppose something.

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skeptic1 says... June 6, 2018 at 9:08 a.m.

There are many people in prison in this state for marijuana related charges not to mention those with felonies that restrict their employment, right to vote, and right to possess a firearm. This state uses prisons like factories to provide jobs, Jefferson County case in point.

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lrprojectmgr says... June 6, 2018 at 9:29 a.m.

Of those reported 20 people in jail for possession, I wonder how many were on probation or awaiting trial for another crime when arrested.

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drs01 says... June 6, 2018 at 9:40 a.m.

Richardson, who had his own issues, wanted to make Little Rock a sanctuary city for potheads. Fortunately, it didn't happen despite efforts to make driving around smoking dope seem like no big deal. Dumb ordinance, Richardson.

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dunk7474 says... June 6, 2018 at 10:07 a.m.

It's okay to have some bozo on alcohol, like the governors son, driving around though. That's right, it's called medical alcohol and we sure think it's okay. Little Rock wants to enforce pot laws so they won't have to deal with the gangs.

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Nodmcm says... June 6, 2018 at 11:04 a.m.

During the 1950s, if African-American Arkansans didn't want to drink out of separate water fountains and go to separate bathrooms, they moved up north, where the racism wasn't written into the law (as much). Here in the early 21st century, folks who like marijuana have lots of places to go, where recreational pot is totally legal and sold lawfully in stores. Colorado, Oregon, Washington and California come to mind. Even today, do African-Americans get treated as well in the South as they do up north or out west? So folks who like marijuana may not be any better off in Arkansas or other southern states in fifty or more years. Ronald Reagan said, "Vote with your feet." Good advice, at least for African-Americans and marijuana fans.

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mrcharles says... June 6, 2018 at 11:27 a.m.

Are potheads better than the alcoholics that inhabit our politicians and other leading citizens, leading to driving and divorce tragedies?

mammals who can talk and carry guns like to eat to much, get drunk , do some begottening every chance they get and like to use the herbs and plants given to them in genesis . Why are many on the right against this one particular part of genesis? do they not accept the inerrant word of a entity who can make water without the necessary elements being readily available.

There is a cry coming up from Israel or Little Rock, that the leaders here not discriminate against these good ole religious folks after all the supreme Court just said they are special and are the judge and jury of their own beliefs to wear like armor against the rest of the polluted USA [ being helped by scott pruitt at the moment].

If the holly rollers can speak in tongues and roll around on the floor, what is so bad about getting laid back to enjoy the beauty of this world? Please LR leaders dont go against god's word to allow mammals that speak to use the plants created for use by talking mammals.

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Delta2 says... June 6, 2018 at 11:51 a.m.

Nod, do you ever read anything? There are all kinds of racist acts against African Americans going on above the Mason Dixon Line. It's arguably even worse up north than down here. Ask Dr. Henry Louis Gates, for starters.

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LRDawg says... June 6, 2018 at 12:52 p.m.

Fayetteville and Eureka Springs both had this same policy for 10 years.....difference is both those cities are predominantly white. Little Rock isn't, so it can't have the same policies. #WhitePrivilege

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