When you consider the marijuana debate as a whole, you may begin to realize that the little green herb has singlehandedly changed a major part of American culture. From its massive spike in popularity during the ‘70s to its recent legalization in the 2000s, the cannabis plant has been integrated into the fabric of Americana (more than hippies and beatniks could have imagined). Overall, Colorado and Washington take the cake as bizarrely colorful capitals of marijuana cultivation and experimentation. On the other hand, California has established a well-to-do portion of the cannabis beauty industry through companies like Milk Kush. However, in the great marijuana debate, smaller states like Arkansas tend to be left out of the conversation. So what does the aptly named Natural State have to contribute to the medical marijuana community? Let’s take a closer look at some facts about legal cannabis in Arkansas.
Small but Meaningful
Looking at a map, you can easily see why Arkansas might be overlooked on a road trip. After all, the little state is nestled between two powerhouse cousins Texas and Louisiana, and it is a long jump from country music capital Tennessee. Nevertheless, small but meaningful Arkansas has played an important role in American politics and is the birthplace of beloved singers Johnny Cash and Glen Campbell. Visitors will enjoy a slew of quaint, charming state parks and marvel at the Toltec Mounds, a prehistoric site constructed by the Plum Bayou people. Arkansas might be sandwiched between three giants, but the little state offers a nice escape from urban insanity.
Caught in a Pinch
For a while, Arkansas lawmakers were content with existing regulations until two years ago, when the Natural State finally decided to legalize medical cannabis. Nevertheless, laws are still very tight in Arkansas, as evidenced by recent events. In 2012, police made 5,718 arrests, 90% of which were related to cannabis possession. Overall, people who are ultimately caught with marijuana may face charges of a misdemeanor, a year in jail, or a maximum $2,500 fine. Likewise, anyone caught with marijuana paraphernalia might serve 6 years in jail and potentially pay a $10,000 fine.
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