Arkansas governor is set to pardon his son’s decade old marijuana conviction
Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 11/14/2014 in Medical Marijuana Patient Stories
The unconventional and unreserved, Gov. Mike Beebe told KATV, ABC’s affiliate in Little Rock on Wednesday that, ““I would have done it a long time ago if he’d have asked, but he took his sweet time about asking. He was embarrassed. He’s still embarrassed, and frankly, I was embarrassed and his mother was embarrassed.”
In 2003, Kyle Beebe, was charged with possession of marijuana, a controlled substance, as well as intent to deliver. He was sentenced to 3 years probation, and fined. During this period, Gov. Mike Beebe was serving as the state’s attorney general.
Beebe, who noted that he’s issued more than 700 pardons during his tenure, and believes his son has learnt from his mistake, said, “Kids when they’re young do stupid stuff. He was no different. Especially young people with drugs if they’ve straightened up, to get their life back on track and have a second chance, so this is no different. It’s different because it’s my son.”
According to a spokesman for the state’s pardon board, the fact that Kyle Beebe is the governor’s son in no way played a role in the decision to approve the application for his pardon. “I can tell you that [Kyle] Beebe did not receive any special treatment by the Board while his application was under consideration,” the spokesman told KATV.
Kyle Beebe, who was recommended for parole in October of this year, wrote a letter to his father, the governor, asking for the pardon so that, “living in a fantasy world, not reality. I was young and dumb.”
Jason Draizin, CEO of MarijuanaDoctors.com commented on this news report saying, “This matter again highlights the harsh reality behind a marijuana conviction. It is a stigma that follows you around for your foreseeable future, encumbering on your life and ability to be a genuine member of society. These convictions inhibit peoples abilities to find gainful employment, it breaks up family units and devastates homes, and often can expose people to an element within the system that leads them down a far more gruesome path. Marijuana users are not criminals, they are not hurting anyone. There is no crime in a person choosing to find an alternative means to relax and decompress from the pressures of our very intense and fast paced world, there is no crime in a person choosing a safer alternative to alcohol and prescription medications. Marijuana needs to be decriminalized to stop the persecution of our youth – especially our young African American men. I support the governors decision to pardon his son’s senseless conviction – now if only Arkansas would get on track to passing medical marijuana laws to so that the patients of the state can finally have safe access to this much needed medicine.”