Marijuana amendment backers get more time to collect signatures | Arkansas Blog

Friday, July 29, 2016

Marijuana amendment backers get more time to collect signatures

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2016 at 11:20 AM

click to enlarge arkansas-will-be-voting-on-medical-marijuana-this-november.jpe
The group pushing for an amendment to the state constitution legalizing medical marijuana fell short of the required signatures to get the proposal on the November ballot, but will get more time to gather the signatures needed.

The Associated Press reports that the Secretary of State's office verified 72,309 signatures on petitions submitted by Arkansans United for Medical Marijuana, short of the 84,859 required. But because the number is at least 75 percent of the required number, the office will extend the deadline to Aug. 29 for backers to reach the required number. 

Proposal sponsor David Couch was unavailable for comment this morning, but the AP quoted him as saying that the group has continued to collect signatures during the verification process and he believes it already has enough to make the ballot. The group will continue to collect signatures on petitions for two more weeks, he said.

Another proposal to legalize marijuana, sponsored by Arkansans for Compassionate Care, which is an initiated act rather than an amendment, has been approved for the ballot by the Secretary of State. It would allow patients who live at least 20 miles from a dispensary to grow up to five plants; the amendment would not. Sponsors of the Compassionate Care Act believe having two proposals on the ballot will confuse voters and cause both to lose and have asked Couch to withdraw the amendment.

A Talk Business & Politics-Hendrix College poll found that 58 percent of Arkansans support medical marijuana, 34 percent oppose it and 8 percent don't know. A proposal similar to the Compassionate Care Act narrowly lost in 2012.  

A proposal to legalize casinos in three counties has also been given additional time to seek valid signatures. Petitions for a proposal to cap damages awarded in medical lawsuits for non-economic and punitive damages is still being reviewed. The initiated act was proposed by former Republican state Rep. Dan Greenburg and is being backed financially by nursing home owners who want to cap the value of their residents' life at $250,000.   

Tags: , , , ,


Sign up for the Daily Update email
Favorite

Comments (9)

Showing 1-9 of 9

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-9 of 9

Add a comment

More by Leslie Newell Peacock

  • Satia Spencer & Friends at Wildwood

    Elephantom at Stickyz and other things to do.
    • Jul 19, 2018
  • A deeper dive into a wider 30

    A look at ARDOT's environmental report.
    • Jul 18, 2018
  • UAMS restarts cardiac surgery program

    The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, which had to suspend its cardiac surgical care in May when its heart surgeon, Dr. Gareth Tobler, retired before a new hire had been made, has resumed its program.
    • Jul 13, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Trump immigration protest at LR: Quick and fierce

    It was not even 24 hours ago that Sophia Said, director of the Interfaith Center; City Director Kathy Webb and others decided to organize a protest today of Donald Trump's executive order that has left people from Muslim countries languishing in airports or unable to come to the US at all — people with visas, green cards,a  post-doc graduate student en route to Harvard, Google employees abroad, families. I got the message today before noon; others didn't find out until it was going on. But however folks found out, they turned out in huge numbers, more than thousand men, women and children, on the grounds of the state Capitol to listen to speakers from all faiths and many countries.
    • Jan 29, 2017
  • Your daily dose of Jason Rapert

    Sen. Jason Rapert really, really didn't like it when a KATV reporter asked him about the hypocrisy of his political arguments.
    • Feb 4, 2017
  • Hospitality, restaurant groups oppose bathroom bill

    Add the restaurant and hospitality association to those opposed to Sen. Linda Collins-Smith's bill to keep transgender people out of public restrooms that match their gender identity.
    • Mar 16, 2017

Most Viewed

  • Lies, damn lies and statistics: The school score edition

    The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's veteran education reporter, Cynthia Howell, reported this morning on public school adjustment to the third year of using a new standardized test for judging school performance. A key factor was missing in the discussion.
  • Trump Tweets threat to Iran

    Donald Trump declared a Twitter war on Iran Sunday night. He's angry about the FISA warrant information, too, which didn't help his cause.
  • Corruption probe nets another guilty plea, implicates another senator

    Jerry Walsh, 72, who ran the now-defunct South Arkansas Youth Services, has pleaded guilty to paying $120,000 to an unnamed Arkansas state senator in return for action favorable to the agency, Walsh and others.He pleaded guilty today in federal court in El Dorado. The scheme altogether diverted $380,000 in public money.
  • The Mondo Trumpe open line

    A world of the dogs? Check out Trump's latest poll ratings.

Most Recent Comments

Slideshows

 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation