Thursday in this space we wrote about our opposition to legalized recreational marijuana in Arkansas.
Now we want to hear from you.
Almost three years after voters gave their OK to medical marijuana, a group called Drug Policy Education plans to circulate two ballot petitions. One would allow recreational marijuana, with sales to begin on Dec. 4, 2020. The other would allow people convicted of low-level marijuana crimes to have their records cleared. Residents would be able to grow a small number of plants at home as well.
Proponents tout tax revenue. Opponents say legal recreational marijuana brings more bad than good.
We want to know what you think. Would you vote to legalize recreational marijuana in Arkansas? Or are you opposed?
Send your response (50 words maximum) to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, July 17. You can also mail your response to the Texarkana Gazette Friday Poll, at P.O. Box 621, Texarkana, TX 75504 or drop it off at our office, 101 E. Broad St., Texarkana, Ark. Be sure to include your name, address and phone number. We will print as many responses as we can in next Friday's paper.
Last Week: Entertainment District?
Last week's question was about the proposal for a downtown Arkansas-side entertainment district that would allow the open carry of alcoholic beverages purchased from bars and restaurants located within the boundaries. Do you support creating an entertainment district in downtown Texarkana? Or are you opposed?
Creating an entertainment district in downtown Texarkana, on Arkansas side, is a pretty good idea, and certainly worth doing, especially "A Different Open Carry," meaning "making it a place for folks to buy an adult beverage" and stand around visiting and enjoying it. We are trying to make our Downtown area of Texarkana, attractive enough, for visitors and tourists.—B.J., Texarkana, Texas
Agree with, "more negatives than positives." Promoting local interest, and tourism, by removing restrictions on public drinking—we all (should) know the bottom line for the city is money. As the city ponders this enticement, they should also drop resistance for police pay. They will need to entice the officers they have to stay, and entice more to join. Even if the drinkers are responsible, there will be an increase in those who are not—law breaker.—D.H.M., Texarkana, Ark.