Thursday, February 18, 2016

David Couch confident on medical marijuana ballot title

Posted By on Thu, Feb 18, 2016 at 7:52 AM

Talk Business reports that Little Rock attorney David Couch is confident that he can gather signatures to get a constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana on the ballot this fall and believes voters will back the proposal. As we noted yesterday, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge finally approved the popular name and ballot title for "The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment of 2016" after rejecting two previous attempts due to what she called "ambiguous language." 

The measure needs 85,000 valid signatures from registered voters to appear on the ballot. 

Talk Business reports that Couch is planning on more than $1 million in backing for that effort: 

Couch said he has significant financial backing from several Arkansas liquor store owners, national groups tied to the physician pain management industry, and at least one wealthy individual based in Arkansas who supports the effort. In short, Couch said he has initial commitments of $1.5 million to push a campaign.

Couch told TB, “I have polled it… I’m at near 70% of the voters. I’m 90% certain we’re going to win.” 

A recent Talk Business-Hendrix College poll showed support for physician-prescribed medical marijuana at a whopping 84 percent. 

Another medical marijuana proposal pushed by Arkansans for Compassionate Care (approved prior to Rutledge taking office) is currently collecting signatures for their own effort to get on the ballot. 

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