On Thursday Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel gave approval to the 2016 Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act, an initiative to legalize medical cannabis put forth by the group Arkansas for Compassionate Care. McDaniel’s approval leads the way for the group to begin collecting signatures, roughly 65,000 of which are required to put the proposal to a vote in the 2016 presidential election.
The initiative would legalize the possession and use of cannabis for those with a qualifying condition who receive a recommendation from a physician, and subsequently obtain a registration card with the Department of Health. Non-profit medical cannabis dispensaries will be authorized, with those more than 20 miles from a location able to grow their own cannabis at home.
Arkansans for Compassionate Care is the group behind a similar proposal in 2012 – Issue 5 – which was narrowly voted down in the general election with 49% of the vote.