by Max Brantley
The state of Arkansas continues its taxpayer-funded assault on a voter initiative to legalize use of medical marijuana, with a doctor's approval, for pain relief for specified illnesses. I mentioned yesterday a broadside delivered by the Division of Behavorial Health Services to employees, private contractors and others.
State Drug Director Flan Flener will hold a news conference today to discuss the negative impact of the act and encourage a vote against it. I hope Flener's facts on marijuana are based on better science and research than those mentioned yesterday. Probably not. Reefer Madness still dominates official Arkansas. What war will we fight if not the fight on a drug with proven benefits for sick people and far less damaging consequences than legal substances the state promotes and profits from, be they cigarettes, beer or potato chips.
UPDATE: Pharmacists and cops joined the anti-pain-relief throng, Fox 16's David Goins notes on