Arkansans for Compassionate Care, sponsors of an initiative to get medical marijuana on the November General Election ballot in Arkansas, have submitted more than 117,000 signatures to the secretary of state’s office.
Just under 68,000 signatures of registered voters are needed to get the initiative on the ballot. The signatures were submitted on Monday. Secretary of State Mark Martin has 30 days to verify the signatures.
The initiative, if approved, would establish and legalize the use of marijuana for certain patients with a doctor’s recommendation.
The group’s Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act would establish and regulate a medical cannabis program overseen by the Arkansas Department of Health. It would provide for up to 38 initial nonprofit Cannabis Care Centers across the state. Counties and local municipalities would have the ability to restrict centers.
Administration of the program would be funded through a medical cannabis tax.
Read the full Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act here.