Competing medical cannabis measures in AR could fail

Two campaigns to legalize medical cannabis in Arkansas could wind up killing each other in November if both of them somehow qualify for the ballot.

“It will be enough to split the vote and both will fail,” one MMJ campaign manager told the Associated Press.

Arkansans have already rejected medical cannabis once before, in 2012, when 51% of voters shot down another statewide initiative.

This year, one proposed ballot measure – by Arkansans for Compassionate Care – needs 67,887 signatures by July 8. If successful, it would change state statute and legalize MMJ.

The second, supported by Little Rock attorney David Couch, would amend the state constitution, meaning it needs 84,859 signatures to qualify.

The first campaign has already surpassed the signature threshold and is working on a buffer, while the second has about half of the signatures it needs to make the ballot.

There’s also a third longshot campaign to legalize recreational marijuana, but the AP couldn’t reach the initiative’s prime backer to check on that campaign’s status.

Political resistance to any pro-cannabis initiative already is emerging. The AP reported that two separate groups have organized with the express aim of defeating any marijuana measure: the Family Council and the Coalition for Safer Arkansas Communities.

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2 comments on “Competing medical cannabis measures in AR could fail
  1. Daniel smith on

    Tobacco causes 480,000 slow agonizing death’s each year. Tobacco should be illegal.
    Marijuana hasn’t caused any death’s.
    It doesn’t make any sense does it.

  2. Bruce on

    Cannabis is the “devil” in places like Arkansas. The very, very crooked “justice” system that exists in that part of the country is disturbed at best. Without unification, Arkansas will fail to achieve any type of Cannabis legislation. Any type of “legalization” that does not allow for people to grow their own Cannabis, in a reasonable amount i.e 12-24 plants at minimum, should been given zero support by the people of Arkansas.

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