Arkansas Medical Marijuana Vote Nov. 6th

Aug 23, 2012 | Posted by: What- | Full story: www.therepublic.com

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. Election officials on Wednesday approved placing a proposal to legalize medical marijuana on the November ballot, as supporters aimed to make Arkansas the first southern state to approve the drug for some conditions.

The secretary of state's office said Arkansans for Compassionate Care turned in enough signatures to qualify the proposed initiated act for the November ballot. The proposal needed at least 62,507 signatures from registered voters to qualify. The secretary of state's office said it had verified more than 69,000 signatures from the group.

The group fell short in the number of signatures needed last month, but it was given additional time to circulate petitions.

Seventeen states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana in some form, and backers said they hoped to make Arkansas the first southern state to approve the use of the drug for some medical conditions.

"I don't think Arkansans are any different from those other states," said Ryan Denham, the group's campaign director. "This campaign comes down to compassion. It's about never letting someone choose between suffering and breaking the law again. We're building up some momentum."

The proposal would allow Arkansans with qualifying conditions to purchase marijuana from nonprofit dispensaries with a doctor's recommendation. Qualifying conditions include cancer, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS and Alzheimer's disease. The proposal also would allow qualifying patients or a designated caregiver to grow marijuana if the patient lives more than five miles away from a dispensary.

The proposal acknowledges that marijuana is illegal under federal law.

No group has organized yet to campaign against the measure, but many of the state's top elected officials have said they're opposed to legalizing marijuana. The Arkansas Family Council, a conservative group, immediately said it was considering challenging the legality of the measure in court.

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Why would The Arkansas Family Council, a conservative group, oppose this vote and threaten to challenge the legality of the measure in the courts? That is, how could they consistently do so? When they proposed and gathered signatures and got a vote on Act 1 and it passed, they yelled state's rights when it went to the courts and was ruled Unconstitutional. Where does the U.S. Constitution say that the federal government can regulate marijuana? Where does it specifically say that? Well, according to the logic of The Arkansas Family Council, this should be a matter left up to the states. But they only follow their supposed principles when it would lead to an outcome that they like. Otherwise, they throw them out the window. Consistency. They should try it sometime.
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Governor Mike Beebe and Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, both Democrats, have said they won't actively oppose the measure but that they probably won't vote for it.
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Vote show your voice!!!!
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Vote show your voice!!!!
Remember boys and girls, the vote as others around the country, will be for MEDICAL use of MJ, not anytime /anywhere!
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<quoted text>Remember boys and girls, the vote as others around the country, will be for MEDICAL use of MJ, not anytime /anywhere!
That's not a reason to not support it. Plus, it's a foot in the door to legalization. It will be legal for anyone who lives more than 5 miles from a nonprofit dispensary to grow it themselves for medical purposes. Grow it themselves. Or a designated caregiver can grow it for them. Also, many times the MEDICAL use of marijuana is extented to migraines. Migraines? Got migraines? Going to pretend to have migraines? How can a doctor tell if someone really has migraines? There are vending machines for it in California. Just a thought.
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That's not a reason to not support it. Plus, it's a foot in the door to legalization. It will be legal for anyone who lives more than 5 miles from a nonprofit dispensary to grow it themselves for medical purposes. Grow it themselves. Or a designated caregiver can grow it for them. Also, many times the MEDICAL use of marijuana is extented to migraines. Migraines? Got migraines? Going to pretend to have migraines? How can a doctor tell if someone really has migraines? There are vending machines for it in California. Just a thought.
How about we try letting adults make their own decisions what to do with their own bodies? Novel concept right?
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How about we try letting adults make their own decisions what to do with their own bodies? Novel concept right?
Yes!!! Right on!!!! Go for it!!!!! Just don't have it in your system when you get called for a pee test Monday morning. Don'r apply or work for a company that is a drug free workzone as getting fired with a DRD (drug related dismissal) will haunt you on your job search.
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Any plling dta for Arkansas concerning his? I will vote for it ths November.
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Er,polling I meant to type.
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<quoted text>Yes!!! Right on!!!! Go for it!!!!! Just don't have it in your system when you get called for a pee test Monday morning. Don'r apply or work for a company that is a drug free workzone as getting fired with a DRD (drug related dismissal) will haunt you on your job search.
If one had a prescription for it, could they be fired fo a positive result for thc? If you can be prescribed suh things as hyrocodone, xanex, oxycotin, etc and keep you job, it should be no different for thc.
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If one had a prescription for it, could they be fired fo a positive result for thc? If you can be prescribed suh things as hyrocodone, xanex, oxycotin, etc and keep you job, it should be no different for thc.
That's a glitch that has not beem worked out yet. There is no 100% accurate field test for THC like the BAT fro alcohol so the only way to be fair in a zero work zone is either say positive or negative. A person needing MJ for chemo and radiation would normally be on medical leave for recovery and could be tested clean before the doctors give a clearance to come back to normal duty. The fly in the soup will be the stoners who will try tp sidestep the availability for sick people to use and slide in to work with a buzzzzz. With no way to tell if they smoked last week,last night,on the way to work,or in the parking lot,companies will have to continue "zero" until the Government drops requirements that a company has to cover employees in case of injury. The rates for workman's comp will be so high after an "incident" that companies will not be able to afford it.Bottom line: If the laws change to allow employees to be stoned, the governmant will have to get in the insurance business.
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<quoted text>That's a glitch that has not beem worked out yet. There is no 100% accurate field test for THC like the BAT fro alcohol so the only way to be fair in a zero work zone is either say positive or negative. A person needing MJ for chemo and radiation would normally be on medical leave for recovery and could be tested clean before the doctors give a clearance to come back to normal duty. The fly in the soup will be the stoners who will try tp sidestep the availability for sick people to use and slide in to work with a buzzzzz. With no way to tell if they smoked last week,last night,on the way to work,or in the parking lot,companies will have to continue "zero" until the Government drops requirements that a company has to cover employees in case of injury. The rates for workman's comp will be so high after an "incident" that companies will not be able to afford it.Bottom line: If the laws change to allow employees to be stoned, the governmant will have to get in the insurance business.
That's not a "glitch" -- that's reality for virtually all prescription drugs. The real-time testing of alcohol is a straw man argument. Are you saying that you would be okay with marijuana if there was a real-time test? I bet not. There is no problem with having both prescription medical marijuana and workman's comp insurance. There is no contradiction. Insurance companies don't decide which drugs are legal. And by the way, workman's comp in Arkansas is through the state government. The government is already in that business. You seem confused on many levels on multiple issues.
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<quoted text>Yes!!! Right on!!!! Go for it!!!!! Just don't have it in your system when you get called for a pee test Monday morning. Don'r apply or work for a company that is a drug free workzone as getting fired with a DRD (drug related dismissal) will haunt you on your job search.
Again, there is a reason why they ask you what prescription drugs you are on when you take a drug test. If you test positive for something that you don't have a prescription for, you're in trouble. If you have a prescription, well you get the idea. I know, you want to say that the employer or some insurance company decides which drugs are legal or not. But that isn't reality. It isn't true.
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In another thread ThomasA suggested that it would be legal for an employer to prohibit their employees from using alcohol at home (and deny them workman's comp upon an accident) if a test was devised that could determine if an employee had used alcohol in the last day, week, month, etc.

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the chronicles of ThomasA wrote:
In another thread ThomasA suggested that it would be legal for an employer to prohibit their employees from using alcohol at home (and deny them workman's comp upon an accident) if a test was devised that could determine if an employee had used alcohol in the last day, week, month, etc.
Where did I say a employee couldn't use alcohol at home??People can use alcohol at home but they have to come in sober. People can use MJ at home but they can't come in with it their system. Very simple.
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That's not a "glitch" -- that's reality for virtually all prescription drugs. The real-time testing of alcohol is a straw man argument. Are you saying that you would be okay with marijuana if there was a real-time test? I bet not. There is no problem with having both prescription medical marijuana and workman's comp insurance. There is no contradiction. Insurance companies don't decide which drugs are legal. And by the way, workman's comp in Arkansas is through the state government. The government is already in that business. You seem confused on many levels on multiple issues.
In Alabama,workman's comp is required by the state yes, but is written by a private company of the employers choice. They require random testing to be sure everyone knows they are serious about a drug free work zone. Even as an owner, I got called in for a random test. Also in the past,office workers weren't tested. Now they are treated equally to those employees out on the floor. Years ago ,employees for random testing had to go in to a lab. Now,the insurance company sends a contract medical lab lady out with a list of names to be tested. Those employees are brought in off the floor and not allowed to go to their locker for a blocker. If a trace of blocker is detected, that employee is subject to re-check any day ,any time....... It's all a matter of keeping rates down. If a company doesn't test or has a accident where either the injured or person causing the injury is positive,your rates go sky high. When a person is injured on the job,the first thing when you go in for care is a pee test. That sets stage for whether the company is responsible for damages beyond basic care. Refusing the test is treated as a positive and you are terminated.
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That's not a "glitch" -- that's reality for virtually all prescription drugs. The real-time testing of alcohol is a straw man argument. Are you saying that you would be okay with marijuana if there was a real-time test? I bet not. There is no problem with having both prescription medical marijuana and workman's comp insurance. There is no contradiction. Insurance companies don't decide which drugs are legal. And by the way, workman's comp in Arkansas is through the state government. The government is already in that business. You seem confused on many levels on multiple issues.
The ARKANSAS WORKMENS COMPENSATION COMMISSION oversees the private insurance companies and the large companies thaat can justify self insurance and charge a fee from the insurance companies to run that agency. The state is involved in regulation of care and protection of injured employees but it is not in the insurance business. Whoever told you that,consider the source. Fire up another bowl and test your luck.
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I just want all of this dirty Mexican weed to be expelled. Just imagine, cuts in drug cartel involvement through-out the marijuana business because it's legal for my neighbors to grow their own. I'm sick and tired of hearing all the violence happening in border states. If I can vote to decrease that in the slightest bit, then show me the ballot.

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