Will Fayetteville Become The Next City To 'Deprioritize' Pot?

Marijuana law reformers continue to take the phrase “all politics is local” to heart.
Over the past decade, grassroots activists in numerous towns and municipalities — including Seattle, Washington; Columbia, Missouri; Santa Cruz, Oakland, San Francisco, and Santa Barbara, California; and Denver, Colorado — have successfully campaigned for local ordinances making the enforcement of pot possession laws their city’s lowest law enforcement priority.
This year, a coalition of activists — led by the University of Arkansas chapter of NORML and the Alliance for Drug Reform Policy — have placed a similar proposal on the ballot in Fayetteville, Arkansas (population: 67,000).
If passed, the city will become the second Arkansas municipality in recent years to enact marijuana ‘deprioritization.’ (NORML’s state affiliate championed a similar measure in Eureka Springs in 2006.)
In the days leading up to November 4th, most Americans attention will be directed toward Washington, DC and the Presidential election race. But while we remain focused on national politics let’s not forget about the significant changes taking place locally — one community at a time.
NORML applauds the work of Sensible Fayetteville and the efforts of other local — and often unrecognized activists — not only what they’ve already achieved, but also (and especially) for what they will accomplish in the future.

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  1. In Austin TX the chief of police was on the radio stating that they plan to enforce the new Texas law, which the officer will issue a ticket for 2 Oz or less instead of sending pot smokers to jail. It is a step in the right direction and more people than ever see the hypocrisy in the laws against marijuana.

  2. I like the wide variety of professions represented by the people in this video. I sure would like to see a WHOLE lot more cities doing the same thing, making pot offenses the absolute LOWEST PRIORITY — in fact no priority at all!!!

  3. I love to see this kind of local activism. We need more of it! Kudos to Fayetteville and the producers and participants in this spot.

  4. What is the exact law in TX? I currently live in conroe, tx and would like to know. I’ve been try to save enough money to move to a state where i wouldn’t get a second strike and be considered a felon. I’ve already been arrested once in Lousisiana witch i belive has the strongest laws on pot.

  5. What exactly do these ordinance achieve? I mean it’s great go head I’d vote for it, but how do we gauge if police are following the ordinance? If police ignore the ordinance what then?
    In my case the cops lied,manufactured evidence,threatened witnesses,seized and stole thousands of dollars of property from my home. when I say stole I mean took home with them as apposed to taking it to their evidence lock up as part of the seizure.
    While in county they told me outright it was just business and if I would give them someone bigger they would return my seized property. So seeing as they do pot bust as pretext for departmental/governmental/personal theft you can pass as many priority ordinances as you want, but when it comes right down to it there is no money to be made catching rape-est and murders.
    In fact Not catching people like that helps them justify their ever expanding budgets. After all if they said they needed a thousand new officers to bust potheads they wouldn’t get them would they.

  6. How much longer will the majority of Americans allow our out of control government enslave us? The drug war was illegal from day one so they back doored it using the tax stamp routine. We are being victimized by our leaders for pure greed. Our rights are being taking away daily using the War on Drugs as an excuse. Free Americans will never respect or conform to a law that is based on lies and enforced to ensure corporate profits. We are adult free Americans and will not stop fighting until we win our rights and freedoms back.

  7. Drive through your town pick out the drug stores. These are corporate owned drug outlets they sell drugs. They are legal drug pushers. You can buy herion derivative or codine and thousands of other drugs many more potent more addictive and bad for you much worse than the so called illegal drugs. This is all legal and produces billions of profits and tax income for our country. The so called illegal drugs like marijuana cannot be purchased at the legal drug store. Why you ask because the legal drug pushers have not found a way to make money off it! They are trying to develop a pill using THC it will be legal and they will patent it and sell it at a huge profit. Why can we not raise and sell marijuana as a cottage industry? They don’t want us to they cannot make money on it that way. So they pay our law makers to keep marijuana illegal because it is projected they would lose 80% of there sales because marijuana is that good, scares them to death. We need to end pacs and lobbiest from buying our representatives so they can start representing us they way it was meant to be. This entire war on us is for greed they do not want a weed you can grow and replace 80% of there profits. Stop the war on the poor, black and powerless they will not respect a law based on lies and greed…….

  8. I say this is a huge step in the right direction and the fact that Arkansas watns this and texas too means that times are changing for the future. I think the south are the states that will create the wave of change that is so badly needed in this sense. Once the country sees that the bible belt is for it then I think the rest will follow with bells on.

  9. So in other words even parts of Arkansas and Texas are more lenient and tolerant about marijuana than Oklahoma? Makes it hard to be ‘patriotic’ about my own home state, and more prone to take my hard earned dollars to another one.

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