Lonoke Sheriff Says Laws On Marijuana Are 'Lax'

Published 06/05 2014 09:57PM

Updated 06/05 2014 11:25PM

LONOKE COUNTY, AR -- After the Attorney General approved wording to allow a ballot measure legalizing marijuana, once local sheriff says it wouldn't change policing much.

Lonoke County Sheriff John Staley says over the years, laws against marijuana have become more lax.

For example, it used to be a felony if someone got caught with a small amount of pot for a second time, now that's not the case.

And the first time around, the sheriff says some people may not even be charged for smoking marijuana.

He said, "A small amount is a ticket and you go on. That goes into jail overcrowding, so we're packed full of folks waiting to go to prison."

Before the Arkansas Hemp and Cannabis Amendment makes it to the November ballot, nearly 80,000 Arkansans need to sign a petition supporting it.

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