LITTLE ROCK (KATV) -- Although the Arkansas
attorney general's office recently rejected wording for a proposed amendment to
legalize marijuana in the state, another proposal may still make the November
Twenty states, including
Washington, D.C., have some sort of law that makes marijuana legal, and multiple
groups are working to add Arkansas to the list.
One of them already has a
petition in place, while another is still trying to implement the correct
In a recent release by
the attorney general's office, a ballot proposal by Arkansans for Medical Cannabis
was shot down because of continuous wording issues. In the office's release it
stated ambiguous details in the proposal included unclear definitions of legal
residents and who would regulate all usage.
Another group, Arkansans
for Compassionate Care, had its proposal approved and is out seeking petition
"What we strictly
want to do is allow people to have legal access to their medical marijuana,
their medical cannabis," said Gary Fults, the group's president. "Other states
have gone for adult use, that's not us."
Fults' group received the
necessary signatures in 2012 to get the measure on the ballot and it's hitting the
homestretch once again to try and put together the required 62,507 signatures.
"From now until July
we'll collect 99 percent of our signatures," Fults said, expecting to be at a
majority of the major springs festivals.
Arkansans for Compassionate
Care is working to get back on the ballot after losing by a small margin of
less than two percent in the last election.
"I don't think it's
a political issue, I don't think it's a religious issue, I think it's just a
It's expected the proposal shot down will
have to be more centrally focused before it can proceed with a petition.
As for Arkansans for Compassionate Care, it
has until July 7 to put together the required signatures.
Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:35 AM EDT2014-07-29 14:35:49 GMT
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