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10/10/2006

A Homerian Slip

                                     Ark. town to vote on marijuana laws

Stoner_simpson_x EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark. - A petition to get a marijuana reform measure on the ballot in Eureka Springs, Ark., has ended in success with a vote scheduled for next month.

Leaders of the local chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws collected the signatures to get the measure, which would make possession of less than 1 ounce of marijuana similar to a minor traffic violation, on the ballot, The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.

Stoner_simpson Petitions have been circling in the town for years, but "it's been like talking to a brick wall," Glen Schwarz, NORML's Little Rock director, said in the Times report. "The jails in Arkansas are full of pot smokers caught by people who think they've arrested Al Capone ... Maybe this will crack open the door."

However, local police have said the vote will have little real effect because state drug laws take precedence over local ordinances.

"A lot of people here don't see anything wrong with marijuana but it's against the law to possess it in Arkansas. Until they change the state law, we're going to uphold it," Sgt. Shelley Summers of the Eureka Springs Police Department, told the Times.  Link

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  Considering that the most logical and often heard argument against the legalization of marijuana is that it leads to other drug usage - that it is a 'gateway' drug, Mr. Gary Schwarz, the director from NORML, employed a rather unfortunate turn of phrase.

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