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BREAKING: Medical Marijuana Initiative Approved for the Ballot in Arkansas

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director August 22, 2012

    This afternoon, the Arkansas secretary of state’s office announced that an initiative that aims to allow Arkansas patients with qualifying conditions to use cannabis for therapeutic purposes has qualified for the ballot in November. The campaign backing the initiative, Arkansans for Compassionate Care, had submitted their initial signatures for approval in July, only to come up short. The state allowed them additional time and the campaign was able to meet the required threshold of 62,507 valid signatures.

    Arkansas now joins Massachusetts and Montana on the list of states voting on medical cannabis measures this fall. These measures, taken with the legalization initiatives in Washington, Oregon, and Colorado and the numerous local ordinances being placed before voters, make this fall’s election one for the marijuana law reform history books.

    Help us deliver the fatal blow to cannabis prohibition in November. Register to vote and get informed on all the details regarding marijuana and the 2012 election by reading NORML’s voter guide “Smoke the Vote.”

    34 Responses to “BREAKING: Medical Marijuana Initiative Approved for the Ballot in Arkansas”

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    3. Rhi says:

      I’ll be first in line to vote yes. :)

    4. jedthehead says:

      This is so cool. Maybe I won’t have to move after all. Let’s hope it passes. I will be promoting this to everyone I know in the Natural State of Arkansas.

    5. proud arkansan says:

      this is great news! i’m very impressed with all the hard work that went into making this happen. now be sure to vote yes in november!!!

    6. TheOracle says:

      Fantastic news for the Razorbacks!

      I’m hoping the automatic cuts in 2013 gut the federal enforcement and prosecution of cannabis laws. Clint Werner was on C-SPAN’s Book TV and nicely summed up how many billions the U.S. wastes, and any thinking person with intellectual honesty knows that the war on cannabis is a lost cause.

      I’m hoping that Congress acts after the election and prior to 2013 to avoid a recession, which financial analysts at the CBO are predicting. I’m hoping (Obama) for change (Obama) that the feds will not be allowed to enforce federal cannabis prohibition in medical marijuana states and states that have legalized recreational use. In other words, I am hoping that the policy or the federal law will prohibit the federal government from enforcing cannabis prohibition in states that have taken it upon themselves to regulate cannabis for medical, industrial or recreational purposes–at the very least for MMJ.

      If the feds are prevented, obviated from enforcing the federal ban on MMJ then states with their programs on hold will move forward and implement to bricks and mortar instead of having things only on paper because of the federal threat. Other states will see the savings and revenue stream income and jump on board.

      As reported in The Examiner and Cannabis Culture about Why the Federal Governmetn Will Not Reschedule Marijuana, that fucking international treaty, the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, has been a stumbling block to get cannabis moved out of Schedule I, but article 28, they ponder, allows for its cultivation.

      The U.S. is the 800-pound gorilla in the room, and if the U.S. finds a way to let the states regulate, even if only for MMJ, with the feds out of the way, nearly every state will have MMJ in brick and mortar, from plot to patient, plant to person, in a few years.

      That’s the end of cannabis prohibition, the beginning of the end.

      The next phase of the slippery slope, as prohibitionists view it, is for authorities to overlook the recreational use of cannabis by adults. Other countries that have wanted to do that for years already will move forwards, and before you know it people will be ignoring the convention like crazy. If the U.S. and the West are doing it, they certainly will not impose economic sanctions on other (poorer) countries.

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    8. Joel: the other Joel says:

      Of course this is not the good time for the head DEA Michele Leonhart to ask the Obama administration for more money to crush against states policies and their rights.

    9. I have a few friends who live in Arkansas actually and this is great news to add on top of that! I love to see every other week another state adds to the ballot on legalization! Prohibition to end people to medicate worry-free!!

    10. Uncle Larry says:

      Why oh why isn’t there something good on the books in MN? At least it’s only a fine for small quantity possession here, but I don’t have an extra $200/300 if I were to get unlucky. Can’t we at least get the fine down to $20 or $50?

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