Arkansas Medical Marijuana Vote Nov. 6th

Arkansas Medical Marijuana Vote Nov. 6th

There are 202 comments on the www.therepublic.com story from Aug 23, 2012, titled Arkansas Medical Marijuana Vote Nov. 6th. In it, www.therepublic.com reports that:

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. Election officials on Wednesday approved placing a proposal to legalize medical marijuana on the November ballot, as supporters aimed to make Arkansas the first southern state to approve the drug for some conditions.

The secretary of state's office said Arkansans for Compassionate Care turned in enough signatures to qualify the proposed initiated act for the November ballot. The proposal needed at least 62,507 signatures from registered voters to qualify. The secretary of state's office said it had verified more than 69,000 signatures from the group.

The group fell short in the number of signatures needed last month, but it was given additional time to circulate petitions.

Seventeen states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana in some form, and backers said they hoped to make Arkansas the first southern state to approve the use of the drug for some medical conditions.

"I don't think Arkansans are any different from those other states," said Ryan Denham, the group's campaign director. "This campaign comes down to compassion. It's about never letting someone choose between suffering and breaking the law again. We're building up some momentum."

The proposal would allow Arkansans with qualifying conditions to purchase marijuana from nonprofit dispensaries with a doctor's recommendation. Qualifying conditions include cancer, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS and Alzheimer's disease. The proposal also would allow qualifying patients or a designated caregiver to grow marijuana if the patient lives more than five miles away from a dispensary.

The proposal acknowledges that marijuana is illegal under federal law.

No group has organized yet to campaign against the measure, but many of the state's top elected officials have said they're opposed to legalizing marijuana. The Arkansas Family Council, a conservative group, immediately said it was considering challenging the legality of the measure in court.

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ThomasA

Birmingham, AL

#214 Nov 3, 2012
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Someone with cancer shouldn't have go to a street corner for pain relief. Marijuana should be a legal choice for treatment.
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I agree with you on that point but someone using for relief from chemo or radiation won't be in the workplace until they recover. The problem that clouds the issue for medical use legalization is the stoners that overshadow the crucial issue with the idea that legalization will make MJ legal at/aw,not just for prescribed medical use.
Dustin Aaron Beeson

Little Rock, AR

#216 Jul 30, 2014
I bet that whoever doesn't want legalization either sells it, or is only saying that because someone in particular is telling them to keep it illegal. Just like our dumbass fucking president does while ignoring/avoiding some of our biggest scandals in history. Obama would legalize it yes, but he only made that statement to make dumbasses feel like he was the man for the presidency. Btw whoever reads this I hope you didn't vote for him. Good day guys

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