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Every once in a while, somebody in the pro-marijuana crowd will let slip with something honest but impolitic. We are reminded of the battle in the several states for "medical" marijuana laws over the years.

Back in 2016, an unfortunate spokesman for a pro-dope outfit in Ohio let it be known that his people would work with other groups for the budding industry: "We can't sit here and keep it criminalized with no policy at all instead of supporting incremental change."

Incremental change. That is, step-by-step gradual change. We understood then, and understand now: The more honest of the marijuana pushers will tell you that medical marijuana was always the first step toward full legalization.

Need more proof? See the papers in Arkansas this past week.

After state voters approved several ballot issues this last election, the usual suspects told reporters that the next step for Arkansas is a recreational marijuana law. They told reporters that Arkansas has the "opportunity" to be the first state in the South to legalize weed. As if that would be something to be proud of. No accounting for taste.

Can it happen here? You bet. Some of us never thought Arkansans would legalize medical marijuana, but We the People did just that. Recreational dope is the next step. Imagine your Friday night football games smelling like a Phish concert. People get ready.

If dope is a gateway drug, then Arkansas' medical marijuana act is a gateway law. Come 2020, expect to see more ballot issues going to pot.

This time, however, marijuana's advocates will be more honest. They'll have to be. They will want your vote for full-bore legalization. If the language on the ballot isn't clear on that point, the state's attorney general won't approve it.

Would that these people were as honest years ago, when they were "only" suggesting "medical" marijuana for the "very sick" and how could you people on the editorial page be against helping sick people?

Call all that smoke and mirrors. With a lot of smoke.

Editorial on 12/01/2018

Print Headline: People get ready

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  • condoleezza
    December 1, 2018 at 9:22 a.m.

    So our biased editors would prefer that we keep filling our prisons with people who smoke weed? I wonder how many dry martinis they slipped into before they came to that conclusion. As for ignoring and mocking the medicinal benefits, tell that to all the children with seizures and soldiers with PTSD. Tell it to all the cancer patients. And then order another round of the one drug that is actually killing the most people: alcohol.

  • GeneralMac
    December 1, 2018 at 9:36 a.m.

    The biggest pushers of Medical Marijuana were...

    #1..those that wanted it for recreational use
    #2..those that saw huge profits $$$$$$$$$$$ to be made

    and , finally,
    #3...those who would use it for pain redlief.

  • condoleezza
    December 1, 2018 at 11:04 a.m.

    GeneralMaKKK. Please do a modicum of research and stop spreading ignorance.

  • rtw
    December 1, 2018 at 11:21 a.m.

    What I'm having difficulty understanding is how laws are going to apply to the home gardener once all of this legalization of marijuana is effected ...will apply to someone who simply grows a plant in his herb garden along with basil and oregano?

  • Delta2
    December 1, 2018 at 11:53 a.m.

    Small mindedness from the so-called statewide paper of a small state.

  • 23cal
    December 1, 2018 at 2:06 p.m.

    "Every once in a while, somebody in the pro-marijuana crowd will let slip with something honest but impolitic." Because what one pro-marijuana person says applies to all, right? Geez Louise.
    How can a supposed wordsmith like editor not realize that "pro-marijuana" means FOR marijuana, and can be both or either medical and recreational, as "pro-marijuana" doesn't differentiate?
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    "Back in 2016, an unfortunate spokesman for a pro-dope outfit in Ohio...." Did anyone notice the quick shuffle editor does in his underhanded segue from "pro-marijuana" to "pro-dope"? Of course dishonest editor wants to lump everyone in favor of marijuana in with everyone in favor of cocaine, meth, opioids, etc. The reason? This is the dishonest way editor denigrates and demonizes people who don't buy his backward bushwa. It's called an ad hominem attack by people who are conversant with logic and can reason. Also known as a cheap and dishonest shot.
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    "The more honest of the marijuana pushers will tell you that medical marijuana was always the first step toward full legalization." Note the word "pushers" as some more ad hominem, as he conflates pro-cannibis people with evil dope PUSHERS. It works on the weak minded. But, here's the thing: a lot of people have known for a long time the majority of citizens are FOR marijuana decriminalization at least or legalization at best. Editor wants all people who could see that our marijuana laws did more damage than good are "pushers". *Gasp* Those evil, evil people. *Yawn.*
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    "As if that would be something to be proud of. No accounting for taste." I have to agree here. Some people are mired in the 1930s and at war with modernization. I can't account for that. Yes, I think deep-sixing ridiculous laws based on ignorance and old wives tales while taking advantage of hundreds of millions of dollars in tax benefits is something to be proud of. In other words, for a change, being one of the most progressive instead of the most regressive states in the union is something of which to be proud. Just saw another study where Arkansas ranked first on worst places to live.
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  • 23cal
    December 1, 2018 at 2:08 p.m.

    "Some of us never thought Arkansans would legalize medical marijuana, but We the People did just that." Really chaps editor that We the people even in this backward state aren't in lockstep with him on his backward anti-marijuana jihad.
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    "If dope is a gateway drug, then Arkansas' medical marijuana act is a gateway law." Editor wants to pretend that all drugs are the same, all are "dope", and all are gateways to evil, addiction, and madness. The ignorant will even buy that, and they are his target audience. Marijuana isn't a gateway drug. This is purely an old wives tale circulated to justify the anti-marijuana laws originally enacted in the 1930's. Anslinger claimed cannabis caused people to commit violent crimes and act irrationally and overly sexual. The FBN produced propaganda films promoting Anslinger's views and Anslinger often commented to the press regarding his views on marijuana. Editor and his ilk have never progressed with knowledge past this propaganda.
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    In 1970, Congress passed the Controlled Substances Act as part of Richard Nixon’s war on drugs. The Controlled Substances Act placed cannabis into Schedule 1, along with heroin and LSD, more due to Nixon’s animus toward the counterculture with which he associated marijuana than scientific, medical, or legal opinion. Indeed, in 1972 the Shafer Commission, an investigative body appointed by Nixon, recommended that marijuana be decriminalized and thus removed from Schedule 1. Nixon vehemently rejected the Commission’s report.
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    Nixon's henchman John Ehrlichman: "We knew we couldn't make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin. And then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders. raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did."

  • condoleezza
    December 1, 2018 at 2:18 p.m.

    The editors of this paper have proven to be demonstrably stupid and hysterical on this subject again and again. They should really give it a break. Spreading ignorance is unhealthy.

  • UoABarefootPhdFICYMCA
    December 1, 2018 at 4:05 p.m.

    Laws writ by cowards, wars fought by fools.
    Freedom is response-ability.
    Condoleeza you are 100%

  • BoudinMan
    December 1, 2018 at 4:57 p.m.

    I couldn't read the "editorial." Just found it too difficult to get past all the "quotation marks" around words like only, medical, and opportunity.

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