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Marijuana Laws Arkansas

In 2011, there were 5,665 marijuana arrests reported by Arkansas state law enforcement. Of those arrests, 89% were for marijuana possession. Marijuana use is not decriminalized in the state of Arkansas and medicinal marijuana is not legal. Possession of 1 oz or less (first offense) is a misdemeanor, punishable by 1 year and a $1,000 fine. Possession of 1 oz or less (2nd conviction) is a felony, punishable by 6 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Possession of 1 oz or less (3rd conviction or higher) is a felony, punishable by 3 to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Distributing or cultivating 1 oz to 10lbs is a felony, punishable by 4-10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine. Distributing or cultivating 10 to 100lbs is a felony, punishable by 5-20 years in prison, and a $15,000-50,000 fine. Distributing or cultivating 100lbs or more is a felony, punishable by 6-30 years in prison, and a $15,000-100,000 fine. Possession or cultivation within 1,000 feet of a school, park, or community center is a felony, punishable by an additional 10 years in prison in addition to other related penalties. A second conviction for the same distribution or cultivation offense can result in double penalties. Distributing to a minor at least 3 years younger than the seller can result in double penalties.

Possessing paraphernalia with nothing else is a misdemeanor, punishable by 1 year in jail and a $1,000 fine. Possessing paraphernalia in conjunction with another felony is itself a felony, punishable by 3-10 years in prison, a $10,000 fine, in addition to other related penalties. And conviction for marijuana results in suspension of driving privileges for 6 months, and/or 1 year for a CDL. The state allows conditional release for first time prosecutions, and after completion of diversion, the offender’s record does not show a criminal charge.

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Drug Facts

A fact about alcohol and pregnancy. Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) is one of the most common known causes of infant mental retardation, and is the only cause of this deformity that is preventable. Babies with classic FAS are born abnormally small and typically do not manifest normal growth as they get older. Babies with FAS may be born with small eyes, small flat cheeks, or a short or upturned nose. Moreover, the organs, especially the heart, of the babies with FAS may not develop properly.
Driving and Drugs: The role of alcohol in traffic and other injuries is well documented, but determining the effects of other drugs, both legal and illegal, on driving is more difficult. This is true for three reasons: (1) Few drivers who are not involved in crashes volunteer to provide blood samples so their drug levels can be compared with drug levels in blood samples obtained from collision victims; (2) It is very difficult to determine how drug levels in the blood are related to the drug's actions in the brain, and it is those actions in the brain that cause impaired behavior; and (3) It can be difficult to determine how the interactions of various combinations of drugs, with or without alcohol, may contribute to impairment. One study was designed to get around the first problem. Researchers studied only drivers who had been in crashes. They divided the drivers into two groups—those who were responsible for the crash and those who were not—and studied blood samples from each. The drivers who caused crashes had higher levels of prescription drugs, such as antidepressants and tranquilizers, or over-the-counter drugs, such as antihistamines or cold medicines, in their blood than the other drivers. Other researchers examined the presence of drugs in blood specimens from 1,882 fatally injured drivers. Drugs, both illicit and prescription, were found in 18 percent of the fatalities. Marijuana was found in 6.7 percent, cocaine in 5.3 percent, tranquilizers in 2.9 percent, and amphetamines in 1.9 percent of these fatally injured drivers. Crash-responsibility rates increased significantly as the number of drugs in the driver increased. Many drug users used several drugs simultaneously, and these drivers had the highest collision rates.
Amphetamines can produce severe systemic effects, including cardiac irregularities and gastric disturbances. Chronic use often results in insomnia, hyperactivity, irritability, and aggressive behavior. Addiction can result in psychosis or death from overexhaustion or cardiac arrest. Amphetamine-induced psychosis often mimics schizophrenia, with paranoia and hallucinations.
Nazi leaders distributed millions of doses of methamphetamine in tablets called Pervitin to their infantry, sailors and airmen in World War II. It wasn't just the military that was amping up on the stuff -- Pervitin was sold to the German public beginning in 1938, and over-the-counter meth became quite popular. When supplies ran low on the war front, soldiers would write to their families requesting shipments of speed. In one four-month period in 1940, the German military was fed more than 35 million speed tablets. Though the pills were known to cause adverse health effects in some soldiers, it was also immediately realized that stimulants went a long way toward the Nazi dream of creating supersoldiers. As the war neared its conclusion, a request was sent from high command for a drug that would boost morale and fighting ability, and Germany's scientists responded with a pill called D-IX that contained equal parts cocaine and painkiller (5 mg of each), as well as Pervitin (3 mg). The pill was put into a testing stage, but the war ended before it reached the general military population.

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