Arkansans for Compassionate Care has collected over 68,000 signatures on an initiative to legalize medical cannabis in Arkansas. Although this is more than the 67,887 needed to qualify for this November’s general election ballot, the group is continuing to collect signatures until they reach 100,000, as some of their current signatures may be invalid (from someone who’s not a registered Arkansas voter, or any duplicate signature).
The group’s initiative would legalize the medical use of cannabis for those who receive a recommendation from a physician. State-licensed cultivation centers and retail dispensaries will provide patients with a means of safe access to their medicine, and those who live over 20 miles from a dispensary will be allowed to cultivate up to five plants.
Arkansas for Compassionate Care is the group behind a 2012 medical cannabis legalization initiative that was narrowly defeated in the general election (receiving 48.56% of the vote).
According to polling conducted by Talk Business & Politics/Hendrix College/Impact Management Group – released in September – 84% of voters in Arkansas support legalizing medical cannabis.