Arkansas Supreme Court refuses to rehear invalidation of marijuana act | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Arkansas Supreme Court refuses to rehear invalidation of marijuana act

Posted By on Thu, Nov 3, 2016 at 9:06 AM

14142074_1409974275684714_3379935344833939284_n.png
The Arkansas Supreme Court today denied a request to rehear its decision invalidating Issue 7, the medical marijuana initiated act.

As is customary, the denial came in a brief per curiam order without elaboration. Chief Justice Howard Brill and Justice Paul Danielson, who dissented from the earlier ruling, would have granted a rehearing.

This mean votes on Issue 7 definitely will not be counted. A federal judge considering another suit is being asked to give early voters another chance to vote because voters for 7, thinking it was still on the ballot might have voted against Issue 6, a marijuana amendment. So that complication remains.

Federal Judge James Moody Jr. is considering the separate lawsuit seeking injunctive relief in the form, first, of better notice at polling places in Arkansas that, as it stands, votes for Issue 7 won't count. This lawsuit is a bid to push backers of medical marijuana to vote favorably on Issue 6, the medical marijuana amendment, which remains on the ballot. The suit also asks for a revote for the more than 100,000 voters who voted before the Supreme Court struck Issue 7. Due process rights were violated by voters being given a ballot with competing issues, one of which would later be disqualified, the suit argues.

Also today:

Arkansans for Compassionate Care, the group backing Issue 7, will hold a silent protest in front of the Governor's Mansion from 5 to 9 p.m. "We will be silent in person as they have made us in the voting booth," said a note from organizers.

The group has urged voters to back Issue 6 if it is the only issue remaining on the ballot.

Tags: , , ,


Sign up for the Daily Update email
Favorite

Comments (10)

Showing 1-10 of 10

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-10 of 10

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • PS: Casino amendment includes sports betting

    A casino gambling amendment now cleared for the gathering of petitions to qualify for the ballot could bring sports wagering to casinos if approved.
    • May 24, 2018
  • An open line and daily news summary

    Here's the daily roundup of news and comment, plus your opportunity at an open discussion.
    • May 24, 2018
  • Let the debate challenges begin

    Democrat Josh Mahony challenges Thrid District Rep. Steve Womack to a series of debates beforre their November general election contest.
    • May 24, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Donald Trump declares war on Hillary Clinton's marriage

    Donald Trump gave a remarkable interview to the New York Times yesterday in which he declared open season on the marriage of Bill and Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton's past infidelity. Seems like a loser, but I've been wrong before.
    • Oct 1, 2016
  • ADEQ denies C&H Hog Farm permit

    The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality has denied a new permit for the C&H Hog Farms' concentrated animal feeding operation near Mount Judea (Newton County). This is a big and somewhat surprising victory for critics who have viewed C&H's large-scale pig farm and the pig waste it generates as an existential threat to the Buffalo National River.
    • Jan 10, 2018
  • UPDATE: Hutchinson moves to cover himself on cut to War Memorial Stadium

    Gov. Asa Hutchinson apparently felt the burn from KARK's exclusive Tuesday night on his plans to cut state support of War Memorial Stadium in half beginning July 1, 2018. He has a so-far secret plan to make the stadium self-sustaining. We bet that doesn't include state support.
    • Oct 20, 2016

People who saved…

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: An open line and daily news summary

    • I am waiting for Tom cotton to approve the USA to enter the assassination Game…

    • on May 24, 2018
  • Re: UA puts goats to work

    • So now the Razor Hawgs aren't the only goats on campus.

    • on May 24, 2018
  • Re: Let the debate challenges begin

    • Womack is a communicator. I'd wager that he would hold his own in a debate,…

    • on May 24, 2018

Slideshows

 

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