What I can remember of my last trip to Arkansas was having a lot of fun. Let’s check back in: “Arkansas could become the first state in the South to legalize marijuana use for medicinal purposes in November, after the Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a ballot measure advanced by activists.
The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act was challenged by state conservative groups that argued the ballot measure’s summary was misleading and incomplete, for example, by not specifying which illnesses a person would need to have to legally obtain the drug. The groups asked the court to remove the measure from the ballot.
Arkansas Supreme Court justices rejected the argument, concluding in their opinion that the summary “informs the voters in an intelligible, honest and impartial manner” about what the measure would do. If passed, the measure would enable people in Arkansas who have certain illnesses, such as cancer and glaucoma, to legally acquire marijuana to help ease their symptoms. Eligible people would get a certificate to buy marijuana at dispensaries that would be set up for the first time in the state.
Arkansans for Compassionate Care, the group behind the Arkansas initiative, said its proposed law includes limits on the number of dispensaries selling the drug, as well as strict controls over who is eligible to use the marijuana. The group gathered 120,000 signatures to put the measure on the ballot, almost double the number that state law requires, members said. It received financial assistance from the Marijuana Policy Project, a Washington, D.C.-based group that advocates the decriminalization of marijuana.”
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Early acceptance of re-legalized cannabis happened first on the coasts. As the center of the nation opens up to re-legalized cannabis, in whatever form, the pace of change will accelerate.
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