Arkansas: Medical Cannabis Legalization Measure Qualifies For November Ballot

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director July 7, 2016

    vote_keyboardArkansas voters will decide this November on a statewide initiative to permit qualified physician-authorized patients to possess and cultivate cannabis.

    The Secretary of State’s office today affirmed that proponents, Arkansans for Compassionate Care, submitted sufficient signatures from registered voters to qualify the measure for the November ballot.

    The 2016 Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act establishes a statewide program for the licensed production, analytic testing, and distribution of medicinal cannabis. Under the program, patients diagnosed by a physician with one of over 50 qualifying conditions may obtain cannabis from one of up to 38 licensed non-profit care centers. Qualified patients who do not have a center operating in their vicinity will be permitted to obtain a ‘hardship certificate’ in order to cultivate their own medicine at home.

    A similar initiative narrowly failed in the state in 2012, garnering over 48 percent of the vote.

    Separate statewide medical use measures will be decided by voters this November in Florida and Missouri. Initiatives to permit the adult use of cannabis will be decided on in Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada. A Michigan initiative remains in litigation.

    2 responses to “Arkansas: Medical Cannabis Legalization Measure Qualifies For November Ballot”

    1. Anon says:

      We have a seperate group headed by wealthy liquor store owners pushing a highly restrictive monopoly style initiative in Arkansas. It is very likely their proposal will be approved by the Secretary of State any day now. They have used shady tactics, such as impersonating us, and may end up splitting the vote dooming both proposals. Please help us.

    2. clem clark says:

      And if Arkansas fails to pass this measure twice in a row, move.