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For non-members of the Club for Growth, that is normal Arkansas people inclined to help others, Election Day this year will provide another chance to be of service. They'll leap at it, we expect.

On the ballot will be the Medical Marijuana Act. Altruists have tried for several years to put such a measure before Arkansas voters but were blocked by official resistance. This year, they've succeeded. The people will rule.

Nearly 20 states have already adopted medical marijuana laws. If Arkansas voters approve, the law would allow terminally and seriously ill patients to acquire, possess and use medical marijuana, but only with a doctor's recommendation and only for certain conditions. Many patients say that marijuana relieves pain, nausea and other afflictions when other medications have failed. The Medical Marijuana Act includes a specific list of conditions for which marijuana could be recommended — multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, cancer, AIDS, ALS, glaucoma, etc. Qualifying patients would purchase marijuana not from shady dealers but through a tightly regulated not-for-profit dispensary system overseen by the state Health Department.

Could help, couldn't hurt is more than enough reason to support the Medical Marijuana Act. Conservatives and liberals alike can rally around this rebuke to Big Government. Aside from the "drug warriors" who are paid to harass the sick, opposition to the Act will come from contemptible creeps who simply enjoy seeing others suffer. Spoil their fun.

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