Sen. Bledsoe and others urge Arkansans to ‘just don’t sign’ recreational pot petitions

Sen. Bledsoe and others urge Arkansans to ‘just don’t sign’ recreational pot petitions



At a press conference Thursday morning, Sen. Cecile Bledsoe and several conservative state and faith leaders warned Arkansans about the dangers of marijuana and implored voters not to sign petitions in favor of legalizing the drug.

Bledsoe began her comments by reminding attendees that marijuana is a “gateway drug,” saying that the potency of the drug has “changed since the 1970s” and putting an initiative on the November ballot to recreationally legalize it is “irresponsible and very poor public policy.” She also said the process of getting an amendment on the ballot has “been usurped by money” and that true, grassroots efforts of citizens gathering signatures to get laws changed is “hard to find.”