Over 50,000 Signatures Collected on Initiative to Legalize Medical Cannabis in Arkansas

arkansas-medical-marijuana-thcfinderThe nonprofit activist group Arkansans for Compassionate Care has announced that they’ve collected over 50,000 signatures on their initiative to legalize medical cannabis, putting them well on track to collect the 67,887 needed to place the measure on the 2016 general election ballot.

If the group is successful in placing the initiative on the ballot, and voters pass it into law, it will be legal for those with a recommendation from a physician to possess and use cannabis for medical purposes, while being authorized to purchase it from licensed dispensaries. Those who live over 20 miles from a dispensary will be allowed to cultivate up to five plants.

This, of course, isn’t the first time that Arkansas for Compassionate Care has attempted to place a medical cannabis initiative on their state’s ballot; in 2012 they were successful in putting their initiative to a vote, though it was defeated by less than 3% (ending with 48.56% of the vote). However, a lot has changed in the past few years, and support for medical cannabis has risen substantially.

According to polling conducted by Talk Business & Politics/Hendrix College/Impact Management Group – which was released in September – 84% of voters in Arkansas support legalizing medical cannabis.

Arkansas for Compassionate Care’s full initiative can be found by clicking here.

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4 thoughts on “Over 50,000 Signatures Collected on Initiative to Legalize Medical Cannabis in Arkansas”

  1. All I got to say cannabis saved my life I have A severe kidney disease Doctors told me that I would not live to be 20And a friend offered to smoke a little cannabis with me. It help my kidney disease so muchAnd I no longer have to go have dialysis 2 times a week The cannabis also help me get off of pain medication That I was hooked on Because the doctor was given me Morphine when I was 16 years old an also 60 vicodin tens. My kidney disease Is called IGA Nephropathy. That just shows how much cannabis can help With my kidney diseaseOther illnessesI’d rather smoke cannabis then get hooked on pain medicationAnd I’m doing great I’m 25 years old nowAnd the cannabis helps me more than any of the pain medication did. Thank you for reading if you did And please come Vote to legalize cannabis in the state of ArkansasThank you

    • Matt:
      We both share a similar story. I also got off of a heavy daily dose of narcotic pain medication replacing it with marijuana gradually over a period of time. I’m grateful to the voters in Washington, who passed a MMJ law way back in 1998. It saved my life too. Good luck to you and Arkansas !

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