Victory Energizes ‘Pot’ Law Backers

  Victory Energizes ‘Pot’ Law Backers

Posted by CN Staff on November 11, 2006 at 06:24:34 PT
By Tracie Dungan 
Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette  

Eureka Springs, AR -- A group that persuaded Eureka Springs voters to pass a pro-marijuana initiative plans to continue its efforts by proposing a similar ordinance in at least one other town, a spokesman said. The ordinance, which passed in Tuesday’s general election, makes arrests and prosecution of adults for misdemeanor marijuana possession of an ounce or less and paraphernalia possession, a low law-enforcement priority.
In September, Fayetteville NORML collected 156 petition signatures in Eureka Springs, a dozen more than needed to put the question to voters. “For the first time in Arkansas history, citizens have had an opportunity to voice their opinion on America’s failed marijuana laws,” said Ryan Denham the group’s campaign director for the initiative. “Eureka Springs citizens would rather police focus on violent crimes and property crimes, and not spend their limited resources targeting, arresting and prosecuting minor marijuana offenders,” he said. The group, part of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, now will turn to its efforts to getting a similar initiative passed in Fayetteville in 2008, Denham said. The group also is considering a push for legislation in Arkansas that would decriminalize marijuana infractions so they no longer constitute a felony or misdemeanor offense, but would be more akin to a traffic violation, Denham said. “There’s been some interest shown,” he said. He’s hopeful, he said, because of the new faces that will be in the next General Assembly. Jerry Cox, executive director of the conservative Family Council and its lobbying arm, the Family Council Action Committee, said his team would be ready. “We would certainly oppose it,” Cox said Friday. The Family Council already has spoken out against legalizing marijuana for medical purposes in Arkansas, he said. “The measure in Eureka Springs, I believe, sends the wrong message to our young people that somehow using illegal drugs is OK,” he said. “In Arkansas, I believe most parents believe the use of illegal drugs, especially by their children, always is wrong.” The ordinance’s message, Denham said, is that while people “should not use marijuana,” they also should not lose education or job opportunities because of its use. Eureka Springs Police Earl Hyatt reiterated that the enforcement priorities of the police force won’t change. The initiative purports to grant officers discretion that, in fact, they already have in cases of marijuana possession, a Class A misdemeanor, he said, and it contradicts part of Arkansas law’s requirements for the offense. With such misdemeanors, the arresting officer has a choice of making an arrest or releasing the person on a citation to appear in court, he said. State law requires the suspect be fingerprinted before being locked up or released. “If an officer finds someone with a small amount of marijuana, they have always had the choice of pouring it on the ground and rubbing it in the dirt or charging the person — and that is not going to change,” Hyatt said Friday. “This has always been a moot point, but they wanted it on there and they got it. It’s their democratic right,” he said. Denham agreed that state law trumps parts of the initiative. But the point is, federal and state law enforcement agencies do, in fact, set enforcement priorities and city mayors can set agendas, particularly those that “follow the will of the people,” he said. Cox said the Northwest Arkansas town is known for taking “a more West Coast type philosophy toward use of illegal drugs.” “Eureka Springs may be the only city in Arkansas where a measure like this would receive any significant support among the local citizens,” he said. Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock, AR)Author: Tracie DunganPublished: Saturday, November 11, 2006Copyright: 2006 Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Inc.Contact: -- Cannabis Archives

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Comment #28 posted by whig on November 13, 2006 at 09:45:06 PT
Thanks, I quoted you.
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Comment #27 posted by thestales on November 13, 2006 at 09:40:46 PT
my LTE
Good Day: I noticed in this latest article that Jerry Cox is very concerned about the message the newest cannabis ordinance sends to our children. While I agree that it is very important that we send good messages to our children, I wonder why no one seems to be focused on more destructive drugs such as alcohol and pharmaceuticals.  Every time I watch a sports game my children and I are bombarded with messages and advertisements condoning alcohol use. Often the alcohol commercial is followed by a commercial advertising the newest sleep aid or other pharmaceutical drug. What kind of messages are we sending to our children every day by having these advertisements not only on TV but on billboards? I am much more concerned about the messages that are up in my face about how I should buy a certain type of drug that can be overdosed on. What do you propose we do about all the messages we are sending to our children with these ads? Is it okay for us to send messages to our kids that alcohol is okay and acceptable? My children see the alcohol and drug commercials and billboards several times a week. They have no clue about a new ordinance, but are well aware of these so call accepted drugs. I won’t even get started on the constant bombardment of advertisements of fatty, sugary foods while our CHILDREN suffer from high cholesterol and obesity. I think the priorities are heavily skewed. What can be done to help this? Where is the outcry? Please help. Sincerely – James Staley 
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Comment #26 posted by Dankhank on November 13, 2006 at 09:26:56 PT
Storm Crow ...
no, haven't ...thanxI could be the world's biggest hypochondriac, who knows?I greatly appreciate the information.If I have it, I have already outlived my father by four years and counting ... and I thank THC.Any here that find medical studies with Cannabis, please post them here ... in any field ... I collect them ...Thanks again, Storm Crow ...Peace ...
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Comment #25 posted by Thestales on November 13, 2006 at 09:22:59 PT
Wrong Message
Everytime I see something like this:
“The measure in Eureka Springs, I believe, sends the wrong message to our young people that somehow using illegal drugs is OK,” I am going to respond with this:What message are we sending to our kids when on every sports game there are commercials sending "messages" to our kids that Alcohol is okay. Not to mention the message that all the pharma is sending by placing sleep and boner med commercials too. Why do you people not care about these messages? Where are your groups standing out against these messages? NOWHERE TO BE FOUND!!!Stop sending the message to my kids on every billboard, and TV ad that booze is okay, good, sexy, or whatever.
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Comment #24 posted by Storm Crow on November 12, 2006 at 10:14:06 PT
Have you seen these?
The title is "Delays Onset in ALS mice". I know it's just a mouse study, but it's a bit of hope!
"Marijuana in the management of ALS" 
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Comment #23 posted by mayan on November 12, 2006 at 04:42:47 PT
Pot Shots
Marijuana, the Anti-Drug - By FRED GARDNER:
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Comment #22 posted by FoM on November 11, 2006 at 18:48:39 PT
07 will be a very interesting and an eye opening year. I think that most Democrats are more in tune with the people so I hope they will really try to do right by us.
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Comment #21 posted by whig on November 11, 2006 at 18:25:53 PT
FoM #10
I'm on the exact wavelength. God's gift.
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Comment #20 posted by FoM on November 11, 2006 at 17:25:16 PT
That's a good link and it's true. When the Dems take power in January our eyes will be watching what they do very closely. The majority that voted, voted for change and to end corruption and to get this war on it's way to an end.
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Comment #19 posted by mayan on November 11, 2006 at 16:56:02 PT
Take Action
Congratulations Democrats Now Do Your Job:
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Comment #18 posted by FoM on November 11, 2006 at 16:14:59 PT
Dankhank Another Article
Shafting the Vets*** November 10, 2006Editor: John Feffer, IRC
Foreign Policy In Focus “War is hell,” Union General William Tecumseh Sherman famously said 14 years after the end of the bloodiest conflict in U.S. history. “It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, more vengeance, more desolation.” 
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Comment #17 posted by FoM on November 11, 2006 at 16:06:49 PT
Thanks for sharing about your father and yourself. We don't know how long we have even if we are young. I don't know what illness will hit our current war veterans but I am very concerned it won't be good.
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Comment #16 posted by Dankhank on November 11, 2006 at 15:54:39 PT
ALS ...
FoM, that's not OT at all. With the newest studies it has been determined that Cannabis appears to retard the progression of neuromuscular diseases, ALS included.I am the son of a 20-year veteran of the Air Force who contracted ALS and died at the ripe old age of 52.I am a 22-year veteran of the military and the son of an ALS victim. I view this as three strikes for me and figure it must up my chances considerably.A common early symptom for this disease is muscle spasms.Most of us have these spasms occasionally, eye tics, muscle bouncing in the leg or arm or anywhere.How many do I have?Too Many.I know that I am crankier as each year passes.I want the glorius Cannabis plant freed immediately.None of us know how long we get ...Peace to the compassionate ...
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Comment #15 posted by whig on November 11, 2006 at 15:44:31 PT
By the way
I know that John Conyers is a representative and the Democrats have a complete majority in the house. But impeachment without conviction being a possibility is a bad idea. Joe Lieberman loves him some George W. Bush.
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Comment #14 posted by whig on November 11, 2006 at 15:41:50 PT
Max Flowers
John Conyers is not spineless.'m going to be paying a lot more attention to individual PEOPLE than party identification in this congress. The Republicans are nominally a minority but only by virtue of Joe Lieberman caucasing with the Democrats. This limits how fast they can move, and that can be a GOOD thing if we understand how it works. We don't want radical passions to overwhelm the process so far that we wind up with more bloody messes. We need to fix this thing. It might not happen this congress, it might not happen the way we think, it might develop from another direction entirely. We just do what we see to do when we can.
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Comment #13 posted by FoM on November 11, 2006 at 14:41:38 PT
One More Comment
This is a Republican sponsored Bill. There are two people by the same name and one is a Democrat and the other a Republican. Now if I could only figure out what it means.
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Comment #12 posted by FoM on November 11, 2006 at 13:15:07 PT

Just a Comment
I think Hagan is a Democrat unless there is more then one Hagan in Ohio. This is all so confusing.
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Comment #11 posted by FoM on November 11, 2006 at 12:31:48 PT

Off Topic But Important
Link Between Lou Gehrig's Disease And Gulf War Service November 11, 2006 The risk of a Gulf War veteran developing Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS) later on is two times higher than for other people, say researchers from the Institute of Medicine (IOM), USA. ALS is a neurodegenerative disease, which is often fatal - the patient's nerve cells progressively breakdown, he/she loses muscle control, and eventually becomes paralyzed.ALS = Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis = Lou Gehrig's diseaseAbout 20,000 - 30,000 people in the USA have ALS.According to Dr. Richard Johnson, lead author of a new report, the link is appears pretty strong. In general, he said, the risk for a soldier developing ALS one day is 50% greater than for people who were never in the military - this 50% raised risk refers to soldiers or ex-soldiers who were not in the Gulf War.Complete Article:
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Comment #10 posted by FoM on November 11, 2006 at 11:40:41 PT

Max Flowers
This how I look at it. It's a big puzzle. This is way bigger then impeachment. That will probably happen if they put this puzzle together right and don't miss any stone being turned. It could bring down way more then just Bush. One foot in front of the other is the most complete way of ultimately achieving success. That's how we win in anything we do in life I think.
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Comment #9 posted by Max Flowers on November 11, 2006 at 11:34:49 PT

About impeachment
I was horrified and angered yesterday to read that John Conyers, the guy whom I have been placing all my faith that there will be impeachment of Bush/Cheney, said that there will be no impeachment. Frustrated and confused, I couldn't figure out why he would say that after doing so much valuable legal groundwork to prepare for it. Then it slowly began dawning on me that I still have much to learn about how politics work.It's a lot like chess, apparently. That's an analogy I can appreciate, but not deeply enough to understand these current events in that context I guess, probably due to the fact that I never really learned the game in earnest.But it's starting to sink in. I think I'm starting to get it.In this situation, the democrats don't need or want to tip their hand as to what they may or may not do (and the following relies on the somewhat naive idea that the democrats are actually an opposition party and not actually a part of the same cabal), and it would probably benefit them (dems) to act like they don't plan to impeach even if they do plan to. To tip off Bush and his minions would only be to give them valuable added time to prepare for that. So the smart play is to act like they don't want to impeach. That damn well better be it, because if that's not it, then we just elected a new democratic majority congress who are even more spineless than we feared, who have no interest in seeing multiple egregious wrongs righted, who don't want justice in the name of American and Iraqi people (5,000 killed between 9/11 and in the Iraq war it falsely justified, and untold Iraqi civilians, probably better than 100,000), who won't even grab for justice when are in a position to as they loom over their injured opponent.Here's a comment from a 9/11 truth blog where the subject at hand is the same as this post:In the game of chess, a threat is often more powerful than an attack, as it ties up resources in defense.Similarly, removing Dubya and Dick would place in the White House a Republican with no fear of the Congress. (If impeachment appeared imminent, Cheney would resign and a replacement VP be appointed.) The Dems have a sword hanging over Bush's head, to use if he dares to use the veto pen.That was an eye-opener for me. It's like "checkmate." If you do this to us, we stand ready to do this to you, motherfu**er. The brutal truth of behind-the-scenes political reality. I hadn't thought of the dems being capable of that kind of thinking up until this point (and I STILL worry that I'm wrong about this scenario and that in reality they are not capable of it!).So I sincerely hope that Conyers and Pelosi are pulling a shrewd bluff, and DO plan to allow impeachment, because that is their solemn duty as congresspersons. Neither has any kind of right to just casually dismiss the call for justice that hundreds of thousands of Americans have made in the petitions for impeachment and the many polls that show overwhelming support for and desire for impeachment and the need to see JUSTICE done against these war criminals/constitutional criminals/traitors. That dismissal is what they appear to be doing. It better be just an appearance, a trick---because if it isn't, they are also going to have an outraged and angry electorate on their hands just like the republicans did.
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Comment #8 posted by FoM on November 11, 2006 at 11:32:54 PT

This is from Canada but maybe it means close to the same thing.Excerpt: Objects of a society 3      The objects of a society are (a) to encourage improvement in agriculture, food production and rural living; (b) to provide leadership in sustaining the social structure of rural communities, including, but not limited to, maintaining educational opportunities and traditional activities in communities; and (c) to provide programs, services and facilities based on needs in rural communities.

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Comment #7 posted by FoM on November 11, 2006 at 11:30:08 PT

I'm still searching to try to figure out what it is. If I find something I'll post it.
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on November 11, 2006 at 11:21:19 PT

Thank you.
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Comment #5 posted by Hope on November 11, 2006 at 11:00:00 PT

Another question about that legislative agenda.
What are AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY OFFICERS? It's obviously some sort of police.
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Comment #4 posted by paulpeterson on November 11, 2006 at 10:55:36 PT

medical marijuana regulation legislation
This looks like a typical "anti" Republican's attempt to obfuscate. It appears like Ohio has either already legitimized medical marijuana or there is a movement affot to do that, and this Republican is trying to insert some get tough language in such a law-which does more to stiffen things than to allow medical usage, etc.On the other hand, this might be a Republican's veiled attempt, with rather harsh draconian language, to slip in a medical exemption bill so it looks like it is get tough legislation, instead.It is a very long bill, of course, and I just scanned through it. We all know where Ohio is right now on this, and we know that the best we could hope for is that this guy is trying to slip in a Mickey, by the harsh language, so as to allow some breathing room for MM rights but with stiff limitations.At any rate, is looks so draconian that it can not help us with the MM cause, because the way it is worded it would allow the police to be more rigid than ever-and any MM rights would have to pass through very harsh rhetoric to get anywhere. You are right. It is very worrysome. PAUL
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on November 11, 2006 at 10:37:54 PT

A Question
Does anyone understand what this Bill means. It's by a Republican and that really worries me.
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on November 11, 2006 at 09:55:55 PT

Ohio: Legislative Schedule
SB 74 MEDICAL MARIJUANA (Hagan, R.) - To regulate the medical use of marijuana. 1st Hearing-Sponsor.November 11, 2006
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Comment #1 posted by mayan on November 11, 2006 at 06:45:40 PT

MNSBC online poll: 87 percent say 'plenty to justify' Bush impeachment:'s the poll... figure...Conyers Toes Party Line: No Impeachment: are some very good reads...OUR LONG NATIONAL NIGHTMARE HAS JUST BEGUN: Comitted a Crime-Congress Must Be Forced to Impeach: Democrats, Prove Yourselves: Investigate Cheney’s Energy Meetings! WAY OUT IS THE WAY IN...9/11 Truth Remains The Critical Issue: Elementary Student Threatened With Psychiatric Evaluation After Visiting 9/11 Websites:ávez attacks Bush as a 'genocidal' leader: LEAFLETTER to PLEAD GUILTY to TRESSPASS CHARGE - 9/11 Activist to Request Maximum Sentence:
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