April 20th or 4:20 is a day recognizing the consumption of cannabis.
Christine Beems says, “We have tended to associate cannabis with…lazy hippies! Let’s just say it! Potheads!”
Beems came from Shirley to demonstrate with members of the Mountain Home Teapot Party. She says legalizing marijuana would change Arkansas for the better.
“We are putting people in prison for non-violent crimes and more so we are putting people in prison for growing or consuming a plant which is essentially older than the human race. It has to stop,” says Beems.
Billy King joined the demonstration on his way to an appointment, along with others who honked horns and offered words of encouragement.
“It’s going to be here anyway. You know what I’m saying? And it just doesn’t make any sense when the government can make their money off of it for jobs, for medical, just anything. Just legalize it and see the profit in it,” says King.
The group marched to the Capitol to deliver the Arkansas Cannabis and Hemp Study Act to the Attorney General.
It would establish a Cannabis and Hemp Authority or CHA to research the effects of pot for medical, recreational and agricultural purposes.
Beems says, “Do the research. Read the facts. Pay attention to the science. It’s a no-brainer.”
The attorney general’s office did receive the request from the group for a ballot title and time.
The office will review the request and respond within ten business days.