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Lieutenant Governor Griffin Issues Statement Opposing Marijuana Ballot Initiatives

September 28, 2016

Says, 'Arkansas's marijuana ballot initiatives will make it harder for our state to grow jobs and compete. . . .'

LITTLE ROCK – Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin today issued the following statement regarding Arkansas's medical marijuana ballot initiatives:

“If we want to grow sustainable, good-paying high-tech and manufacturing jobs in Arkansas, we must have workers who can pass a drug test. Employers need drug-free workers to maintain a safe workplace and provide the very best products and services. As other states are discovering, by making drugs like marijuana more readily available, it is harder for businesses to find workers who can pass drug tests. Here is the bottom line: Arkansas's marijuana ballot initiatives will make it harder for our state to grow jobs and compete, and that's bad for Arkansas.”

About Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin

Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin was elected on November 4, 2014. From 2011-2015, Griffin served as the 24th representative of Arkansas’s Second Congressional District. For the 113th Congress, he was a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means while also serving as a Deputy Whip for the Majority. In the 112th Congress, he served as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the House Committee on the Judiciary.

Griffin is a graduate of Magnolia High School, Hendrix College in Conway and Tulane Law School in New Orleans, and attended graduate school at Oxford University. He has served in the U.S. Army Reserve for 20 years, was deployed to Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Lieutenant Colonel Griffin is currently pursuing a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. He also served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas and Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Political Affairs for President George W. Bush. Griffin lives in Little Rock with his wife Elizabeth, a Camden native, and their two children.


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