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AAEA Opposes Amendments 6 & 7


October 5, 2016

Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators Opposes Amendments 6 & 7
Proposed Marijuana Amendments Pose Risk to Children


Dr. Richard Abernathy, Executive Director, Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators



Little Rock, October 5, 2016


The Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators (AAEA) represents over 2,800 school administrators in Arkansas -- school administrators who work with your children everyday to try to keep them safe and secure while they are away from home.  AAEA typically does not come out in support or in opposition of constitutional amendments being proposed.  However, after reviewing the amendments and statistics from other states that have already adopted similar proposals, AAEA's Board of Directors voted unanimously to OPPOSE the legalization of marijuana being proposed as Issue 6 and 7 in November.


While school administrators certainly have empathy for people seeking relief from illness, Issues 6 and 7 have too many unintended consequences, many of which have a negative effect on our children.  The Governor's fact sheet indicates that 1 in 6 of those who use marijuana as teenagers become addicted.  The proposed “medical" marijuana amendment allows minors to receive marijuana with a parental signature.


Colorado was one of the first states to legalize marijuana and their kids are facing serious problems.  SmartCo statistics indicate that youth in Colorado are almost twice as likely to use marijuana as the national average.  Colorado school administrators indicate that drugs are the number one problem facing their school.  And the drug companies are certainly marketing to kids as marijuana takes on numerous forms such as candies, soda, gummy bears, suckers, etc.  


AAEA asks that you stand with school administrators and VOTE NO on Issues 6 and 7 and help us keep your kids safe!!!

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