Arkansas Bill Amending Medical Cannabis Law Sent to Governor

Legislation that amends Arkansas’ medical cannabis law has been passed through the state’s legislature and sent to Governor Asa Hutchinson for consideration.

House Bill 1400 was passed by the House of Representatives on March 17th with a unanimous 88 to 0 vote; six days later it was passed by the Senate 31 to 1. Today the measure was “Correctly enrolled and ordered transmitted to the Governor’s Office.”

The proposed law would amend the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment of 2016 to prohibit smoking of marijuana:

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Arkansas Senate Rejects Measure to Ban Smoking of Medical Cannabis

An effort by Arkansas lawmakers to undermine a voter-approved initiative that legalizes medical cannabis has failed in the Senate.

In November Arkansas voters approved Issue 6 with 53% voting in favor. The constitutional amendment legalizes the possession and use of medical cannabis, including a system of licensed dispensaries. Today the Senate voted 15 to 11 to reject Senate Bill 357, a measure filed by Representative Jason Rapert (D) that would have made changes to this law, banning the actual smoking of medical cannabis. This is the second time this year the Senate has rejected such a measure.

A motion that would have allowed the bill to come up again at a later time failed unanimously, 11 to 0. This thankfully puts the bill to rest, at least for the time being.

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Arkansas’ Initiative 6 to Legalize Medical Cannabis Approved by Voters

Arkansas Voters Have Passed Initiative 6 to Legalize Medical Cannabis

Initiative 6Initiative 6 was passed handily by voters. The measure legalizes the medical possession and use of cannabis, including a system of dispensaries.

Under the approved law, those who receive a recommendation will be authorized to use and possess medical cannabis so long as they register with the state. The measure establishes a system of licensed and regulated dispensaries and cultivation centers.

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Arkansas Court Removes Medical Cannabis Legalization Initiative from November Ballot

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Arkansas CourtThe Arkansas Supreme Court struck down on Thursday one of two proposals in the November election to allow for the use of medical marijuana in the state, saying the proposal did not receive the required number of signatures to be on the ballot.

Voters in the Nov. 8 election in Arkansas will still be able to vote on a separate measure that would allow for the regulated use of marijuana for certain medical conditions, where a state commission oversees plant growth and marijuana distribution.

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Medical Cannabis Legalization Initiative Placed on November Ballot in Arkansas

arkAn initiative to legalize the medical use and distribution of cannabis will appear on this November’s ballot in Arkansas, according to Secretary of State Mark Martin.

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.

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AR: Enough Signatures Submitted to Put Medical Cannabis Legalization on November Ballot

Arkansans for Compassionate Care, a group working to place an initiative to legalize medical cannabis on this November’s ballot in Arkansas, has announcedarkansas that they’ve submitted over 110,000 signatures to do just that. This is well more than the 67,887 required to put the measure to a vote, though it won’t be officially place on the ballot until the state verifies that enough of the signatures are valid (from registered Arkansas voters).

“Over the past two years, we’ve talked to tens of thousands of voters across the state,” says Campaign Director Melissa Fults. “Most Arkansans agree it is time to give sick and dying patients safe and legal access to medical cannabis when their doctors think it’s the best treatment option for them, and they will have the opportunity to do it this November.”

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Arkansas Advocates on Track to Place Medical Cannabis Legalization Initiative on November Ballot

979aae8f958a5e99266841f979367777Arkansans 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.

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Initiative to Legalize Medical Cannabis Given Approval by Arkansas Attorney General

arkansas-flagArkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has given approval to an initiative that would legalize the medical possession, use and distribution of cannabis.

Rutledge’s approval now gives advocates the go-ahead to begin collecting signatures in an attempt to place the measure on the November general election ballot; roughly 85,000 signatures from registered Arkansas voters are needed for this goal to be met.

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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.

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Poll: 84% of Arkansas Voters Support Legalizing Medical Cannabis

arkA vast majority of voters in Arkansas support legalizing the medical use of cannabis, according to a new Talk Business & Politics/Hendrix College/Impact Management Group survey.

According to the poll of 400 registered voters conducted between August 20th and August 23rd, 84% agree that cannabis should be legalized for medical purposes. Only 14% disagree that medical cannabis should be legalized.

The poll – which asked the specific question Do you agree or disagree that adults should be allowed to legally use marijuana for medical purposes if a physician prescribes it? – found 56% of voters to be “strongly” in support of legalizing medical cannabis, with 28% “somewhat” in support.

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