According to Martin, Arkansas for Compassionate Care (ACC) submitted well more than 77,516 valid signatures, the number required to put their initiative to a vote of the people. ACC is the group behind a 2012’s Issue 5, a medical cannabis legalization initiative that was narrowly defeated in the general election, receiving 48.56% of the vote.
Arkansans for Compassionate Care has announced that they’ve collected over 61,000 signatures on their initiative to legalize medical cannabis, less than 7,000 signatures shy of the 67,887 needed to place the measure on the 2016 general election ballot (though the group is aiming for 100,000 to account for any invalid signatures).
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.
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.
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.