Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has approved an initiative to legalize medical cannabis, which is aiming for the 2014 ballot.
Advocates of the proposal – which was submitted by Arkansans for Compassionate Care – are now clear to begin gathering the 62,507 valid signatures required to put the initiative to a vote next year.
Under the proposed initiative, qualified patients would be authorized to possess cannabis, purchase it from nonprofit dispensaries and grow it at home if they’re not close to a dispensary. In August, the state approved a separate medical cannabis initiative, with the primary difference being that it doesn’t allow home cultivation under any circumstance.
Arkansans for Compassionate Care is the group behind a similar proposal in 2012 (Issue 5), which made the ballot but failed narrowly with 49% of the vote.