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1 US AR: Group: Rescind Local K-2 LawsSat, 31 Jul 2010
Source:Paragould Daily Press (AR) Author:Jared, George Area:Arkansas Lines:84 Added:08/01/2010

ADH Working On Statewide Regulations

JONESBORO - Throughout Northeast Arkansas, cities and counties have passed ordinances in recent months banning the sale of synthetic marijuana and making its use illegal.

Now the Arkansas Municipal League wants those laws rescinded, according to The Associated Press. Earlier this month the Arkansas Department of Health passed temporary regulations banning the substances and is working on permanent regulations, AML attorney Mark Hayes said.

In Northeast Arkansas five governmental entities - Sharp, Lawrence and Greene counties, Walnut Ridge and Pocahontas - all passed bans on the substances marketed under the names K-2, K-2 Spice, Spice, Summit or Genie.

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2 US AR: Editorial: Has Extreme Border Violence Left People Numb?Wed, 03 Feb 2010
Source:Baxter Bulletin, The (AR)          Area:Arkansas Lines:94 Added:02/05/2010

A couple of weeks ago, we pondered on how hard it is to fathom the human toll in a disaster such as Haiti's earthquake. This weekend there was another tragedy down on the border that's just the latest nightmare in the disaster that is Mexico's drug war.

In Ciudad Juarez, just across from El Paso, Texas, gunmen blocked off a dead-end street and went on a rampage through three houses, including one where there was a birthday party in progress. When the shooting stopped, 10 people were dead, and six more died later at hospitals, according to The Associated Press.

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3 US AR: Arkansas Takes Drug War On-LineMon, 04 Jan 2010
Source:Paragould Daily Press (AR) Author:Slayton, Ashley Area:Arkansas Lines:49 Added:01/09/2010

In 2008 the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, or DEA, named methamphetamine Arkansas' "primary drug of concern," due to the state's rural landscape and widespread availability of ingredients, including pseudoephedrine.

In 2005 the Federal Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act placed limits on the amount of pseudoephedrine and phenylpropanolamine that individuals could purchase over the counter and required pharmacies to keep written or electronic logs of such purchases.

It wasn't until May 2008 that pharmacies in Arkansas were required to keep electronic logs of individual's purchases that could be traced both locally and across state lines. Leadsonlabs.com, an online investigative service that tracks purchases of methamphetamine ingredients using a picture ID, allows pharmacies to view purchases within a 24 hours and 30-day periods within the state and nation-wide.

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4 US AR: Legal Marijuana Gets Little Local BuzzThu, 31 Dec 2009
Source:Courier, The (Russellville, AR) Author:Nobles, Cindi Area:Arkansas Lines:162 Added:12/31/2009

Locals Weigh The Green Option

Arkansas Sen. Randy Laverty, a Democrat from Jasper, may plant a legislative seed in 2011.

In an effort to aid the state's overburdened prisons, Laverty may bring a budding discussion to the state Senate floor on the topic of legalizing medicinal marijuana in Arkansas.

Laverty told The Associated Press legalizing or lessening criminal penalties for marijuana may be one way to "curb overcrowding in Arkansas' prisons."

But District 4 State Sen. Michael Lamoureux said he would be surprised if the issue was turned into a law anytime soon.

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5 US AR: PUB LTE: Medical MarijuanaThu, 31 Dec 2009
Source:Arkansas Times (Little Rock, AR) Author:Muse, Kirk Area:Arkansas Lines:32 Added:12/31/2009

One of the medications prescribed by my personal physician for my arthritis pain and inflammation has the rare potential side effect of death. In other words, if I take this medication as prescribed, I can die as a result.

On the other hand, marijuana has never been documented to have killed a single person in the 5,000-year history of its use.

For me, marijuana is the more effective medication. Right now, if adult citizens opt for the safer and more effective medication, they are subject to arrest and being sent to jail with violent criminals.

Shouldn't adult citizens have the freedom to choose what goes into their own bodies in the privacy of their own homes?

Kirk Muse

Mesa, Ariz.

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6 US AR: PUB LTE: Medical MarijuanaThu, 31 Dec 2009
Source:Arkansas Times (Little Rock, AR) Author:Wooldridge, Howard Area:Arkansas Lines:26 Added:12/31/2009

Missing from the balanced report of Doug Smith on medical marijuana was the sad fact that every hour my profession spends chasing and arresting the non-problem causing marijuana user, the less time we have for the deadly DUI and those who hurt our children and women. When detectives fly around in helicopters looking for a pot garden, they are not arresting a rapist or child molester. When road officers are searching car after car for a baggie of pot, the deadly DUIs sail on by and kill innocents. Marijuana prohibition reduces public safety period.

Detective/Officer Howard Wooldridge (ret)

Dallas

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7 US AR: Marijuana for MedicineThu, 17 Dec 2009
Source:Arkansas Times (Little Rock, AR) Author:Smith, Doug Area:Arkansas Lines:97 Added:12/18/2009

Many Are Ready, Including A Prominent Legislator.

State Sen. Randy Laverty of Jasper says that after the news media reported last month on his proposal to legalize medical marijuana, he got more response than on any issue he'd been associated with in his 15 years as a legislator -- telephone calls, e-mails and personal contact. "And it was all positive.

That never happens."

Laverty says that at the next regular legislative session, in 2011, he'll introduce a bill to permit the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.

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8 US AR: Column: Arnold's Brave Call For A Pot DebateWed, 13 May 2009
Source:Baxter Bulletin, The (AR) Author:Steigerwald, Bill Area:Arkansas Lines:109 Added:05/12/2009

Arnold Schwarzenegger proved last week he's not a girly-man when it comes to the debate over whether marijuana should be legalized and taxed in California. Gov. Arnold called for a large-scale study of the consequences of legalizing pot for recreational use in California and suggested that the study might benefit from looking at the effects of drug legalization moves already made by European countries.

Arnold earned high praise from drug-law reformer Ethan Nadelmann for doing what most politicians are too chicken to ever do -- go on record as being in favor of honestly discussing the pros and cons of ending drug prohibition.

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9 US AR: Edu: PUB LTE: Cannabis Message Must ChangeThu, 19 Mar 2009
Source:Herald, The (AR Edu) Author:White, Stan Area:Arkansas Lines:50 Added:03/19/2009

Dear Editor of The Herald,

Another beneficial component of re-legalizing cannabis (marijuana) that doesn't get mentioned (Grass Could Bring In Governmental Green, Mar. 12, 2009) is that it will lower hard drug addiction rates.

DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) will have to stop brainwashing youth into believing lies, half-truths and propaganda concerning cannabis, which creates grave future problems.

How many citizens try cannabis and realize it's not nearly as harmful as taught in DARE type government environments? Then they think other substances must not be so bad either, only to become addicted to deadly drugs.

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10 US AR: Edu: OPED: Grass Could Bring In Governmental GreenThu, 12 Mar 2009
Source:Herald, The (AR Edu) Author:Miller, Wendy Area:Arkansas Lines:84 Added:03/15/2009

The United States has been fighting a losing war on the consumption and possession of marijuana for decades.

In the 1970s Nixon began the 'War on Drugs,' which imposed stricter penalties and stronger regulations, but also defined drugs in different levels or 'schedules' depending on the severity of each drug.

For example, in Arkansas, anyone in possession of less than an ounce of marijuana will be charged with a misdemeanor, making marijuana the only drug offense that will not bring a felony charge just for simply possessing it.

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11 US AR: Straight TalkThu, 05 Feb 2009
Source:Arkansas Times (Little Rock, AR)          Area:Arkansas Lines:363 Added:02/05/2009

Dr. Joycelyn Elders, a living monument to the black experience in Arkansas, may be retired, but she's not retiring about the issues that made her a controversial surgeon general.

Fourteen years after President Bill Clinton fired her as surgeon general of the United States for uttering one final impolitic remark, Dr. Joycelyn Elders is long into retirement, but hers is not a repose that the meek would envy or her many old critics would cheer.

And if you were wondering, no, she never shut up or took up mincing words.

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12 US AR: Spreading The WordFri, 24 Oct 2008
Source:Stuttgart Daily Leader (AR) Author:Shrum, Bill Area:Arkansas Lines:55 Added:10/25/2008

Stuttgart, Ark. - Since 1988, Arkansas has been involved in "Red Ribbon Week," which has given awareness to school-aged children about the choice of a drug-free lifestyle.

Red Ribbon week in Stuttgart will be held Oct. 27 through 31 and will feature a celebration rally from 3:30 to 5 p.m., Monday, Oct. 27 at the Reinsch Softball Complex on West 22nd and Buerkle Streets.

"Throughout the United States Red Ribbon Week is a celebration to bear witness to the efforts of one person who can make a difference in the fight against drugs," Beth Prine, of Community Organization for Drug Education (CODE), said.

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13 US AR: Schools Continue Drug TestingThu, 16 Oct 2008
Source:Arkansas Times (Little Rock, AR) Author:Matthews, Gerard Area:Arkansas Lines:123 Added:10/17/2008

Clarksville High School will spend $7,000 this year on random drug tests of students. The school is one of more than 100 in Arkansas that administers such tests.

Don Johnston, Clarksville School District superintendent, hasn't seen studies that suggest such tests are effective. In fact, two studies by the University of Michigan suggest that random drug tests do nothing to reduce student drug use.

Studies or no, Johnston says he believes the drug tests work in Clarksville, and that parents, for the most part, support the program.

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14 US AR: Edu: Editorial: Taxpayers to Decide Whether Marijuana Should Be 'Low PrioWed, 10 Sep 2008
Source:Arkansas Traveler, The (AR Edu)          Area:Arkansas Lines:48 Added:09/13/2008

The group Sensible Fayetteville has gathered enough signatures to put a measure on the Nov. 4 ballot that will make a misdemeanor possession of marijuana the lowest priority for law enforcement.

Many have mixed feelings about the effect this ordinance could have on the city: Jacob Holloway, field organizer for Sensible Fayetteville, said an initiative like this sends "a message that we will no longer accept inaction," while City Attorney Kit Williams said the ordinance essentially would have "no effect" on Fayetteville residents.

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15 US AR: Sensible Fayetteville Collects 900 More SignaturesFri, 29 Aug 2008
Source:Northwest Arkansas Times (Fayetteville, AR) Author:Ward, Kate Area:Arkansas Lines:106 Added:08/29/2008

Sensible Fayetteville will submit its second round of signatures today in hopes of giving local voters the choice on election day to make adult marijuana possession the lowest priority for police.

"We needed about 300 additional signatures, and so far, we've collected upwards of 900,"Ryan Denham, campaign director, said."We've almost tripled what we needed, and we're still going. We'll turn them in at the end of [today ]."

Sensible Fayetteville is a local coalition made up of the OMNI Center for Peace, Justice & Ecology, the Green Party of Washington County, the University of Arkansas student branch of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws and the Alliance for Reform of Drug Policy in Arkansas Inc.

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16 US AR: Column: One More With FeelingFri, 25 Jul 2008
Source:Arkansas Times (Little Rock, AR) Author:Millar, Lindsey Area:Arkansas Lines:86 Added:07/25/2008

When any legendary performer who's climbing up into his years comes anywhere close to Little Rock, I dial up his age, add about 10 years for hard living and road wear and, if that puts him anywhere near 80, which is the upper reaches of an average American male's life expectancy, I usually drop what I'm doing and catch a show. Apply that system on Friday and you'll feel an extra bit of urgency when you go hunting tickets.

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17 US AR: Drug Free Partnership Vowing to Reinvigorate Work in Carroll CountySun, 20 Jul 2008
Source:Carroll County News (Berryville, AR) Author:Mathews, Anna Area:Arkansas Lines:61 Added:07/20/2008

BERRYVILLE -- "Re-energize" was the buzz word of the day when more than a dozen people from various state and local agencies met Tuesday to continue the work started by the Partnership for a Drug Free Carroll County Coalition.

The coalition got its start five years ago with a $100,000 grant, renewable for four years, to fund its prevention activities.

An 800 number for crime tips was established, drug kits were distributed to police departments, schools and parents, a successful drug court was started, and educational materials provided.

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18 US AR: Anti-Drug Push Takes Message To LincolnMon, 05 May 2008
Source:Northwest Arkansas Times (Fayetteville, AR) Author:Davis, Scott F. Area:Arkansas Lines:96 Added:05/05/2008

Mary Ann Gunn has witnessed how methamphetamine ruins lives and destroys families.

She's taking her message to stay off meth and other drugs to parents and students in the Lincoln community today.

"I want to see it stopped. I think prevention is the key," she said.

Gunn is the 4 th Judicial District judge in Division IV who runs the Washington County Drug Treatment Court program. She is the keynote speaker for a Project Right Choice town hall meeting that begins at 7 p.m. in the Frank Holman Auditorium at Lincoln Public Schools.

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19 US AR: How Does Meth Use Affect Families?Mon, 05 May 2008
Source:Northwest Arkansas Times (Fayetteville, AR)          Area:Arkansas Lines:39 Added:05/05/2008

The following letter from the children of a methamphetamine addict was sent to 4 th Judicial District Circuit Judge Mary Ann Gunn, who runs the Washington County Drug Court Treatment program.

Once upon a time there was this guy that we didn't really know. He didn't visit very much. But when he did, he always fell asleep when he got there. He got mad if we woke him and he acted weird and shaky. He didn't seem to like us very much. We couldn't go places with him, not even to his house. He would lie to my Mom about where he was, and what he was doing. They would fight a lot and he would cuss and call her names that made her cry. We had to be careful what we did or said cause he got mad real easy. We started thinking maybe it would be good if he didn't even come back. Then he started doing the drug program with Judge Gunn and he started changing. He stopped going out with his friends and started being nice. Then Judge Gunn sent him to Ft. Smith to a drug place for a while. We visited him on the weekends. He is home now and he is awesome ! He goes to church with us and helps us with homework. He takes us outside to play basketball and football all the t! ime. He gets along good with our Mom and he is always acting funny and making us laugh. Then we realized that we knew this guy, he was our Dad. We are glad he is our Dad again and we wish we could share him with all the other kids that don't have Dads. Thank you, Judge Gunn for caring about our Dad to help him come back to us. This has made a big change in our life. Thank You !!

Source: From the children of an addict, ages 9 and 12.

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20 US AR: PUB LTE: Treating Addicts Is A Better SolutionFri, 25 Apr 2008
Source:Baxter Bulletin, The (AR) Author:Sharpe, Robert Area:Arkansas Lines:71 Added:04/26/2008

Regarding your April 21 editorial:

Alcohol prohibition once financed urban terrorism between rival gangsters, but that's no reason to reinstate it. Intensifying the drug war is the equivalent of throwing good money after bad. The supply-side drug war provides artificial price supports for organized crime at home and terrorists abroad. Make no mistake, the drug war is a cure worse than the disease. Attempts to limit the supply of illegal drugs while demand remains constant only increase the profitability of drug trafficking. For addictive drugs like heroin, a spike in street prices leads desperate addicts to increase criminal activity to feed desperate habits. The drug war doesn't fight crime, it fuels crime. There is a middle ground between drug prohibition and blanket legalization.

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