Marijuana proposal approved by Arkansas Attorney General

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has approved a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana in Arkansas.

Rutledge approved the proposed constitutional amendment titled, "The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment of 2016" that was submitted by Little Rock lawyer David Couch.

Now that the proposal has been certified, supporters can work to gather the nearly 85,000 signatures from registered voters required to qualify for the November ballot.

Rutledge had previously rejected five marijuana proposals in the last five months citing issues of ambiguities.


Arkansas AG rejects 7th marijuana ballot title while separate title gathers signatures


Arkansas' attorney general has now rejected seven marijuana ballot titles since taking office, the latest one on Wednesday. Little Rock Attorney David Couch, who filed two of them, plans to file an amended version next week.

Most of the reasons given by Attorney General Leslie Rutledge for her rejections were ambiguous language according to her rejection letters. Rutledge's Spokesman Judd Deere tells Channel 7 News she has made it clear that her rejections have no reflection of her views on medicinal or recreational marijuana.


Arkansas Rejects Marijuana Legalization Proposal Because of Spelling Errors

Legalize it, so long as it's spelled correctly. Like, the weed and everything pertaining to the weed. Apparently, Arkansas paid no attention to the second part. A proposal to legalize weed in Arkansas was turned down due to spelling errors and “ambiguities in text."

Arkansas Attorney General, Leslie Rutledge, said “errors of grammar, punctuation and spelling” were the reason they had to shut it down, according to the Associated Press. The proposal, which was written by Marry Berry, a resident of Summit, Arkansas, called for free use of the plant, including growing and cultivating. 


Arkansas: Veterans rally for medical marijuana

The "Arkansans for Compassionate Care" group along with local military veterans gathered at the State Capitol steps Saturday, May 23 in support of legalizing Medical Marijuana.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A group of military veterans used the holiday weekend to rally for a cause.

The "Arkansans for Compassionate Care" group alongside local military veterans gathered on the steps of the state capitol to fight for medical marijuana in Arkansas.

The pro-medical-cannabis group believes that veterans could benefit from the illegal plant, especially when dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder.


To the Bitter End: The 9 States Where Marijuana Will Be Legalized Last

We know the end is coming, but pot prohibition is going to have to be undone state by state. Here are the ones least likely to jump on the bandwagon.

Marijuana prohibition in the US is dying, but it isn't going to vanish in one fell swoop. Even if Congress were to repeal federal pot prohibition, state laws criminalizing the plant and its users would still be in effect—at least in some states.

And it's probably a pretty safe bet that Congress isn’t going to act until a good number of states, maybe more than half, have already legalized it. That process is already underway and is likely to gather real momentum by the time election day 2016 is over.


Medical-marijuana views aired at Fayetteville forum

FAYETTEVILLE -- A panel discussion on medical marijuana offered Fayetteville City Attorney Kit Williams a chance to describe his wife's personal story of how the drug helped her while she underwent chemotherapy treatments for cancer.

But the panel at the Arkansas Health Disparities Conference at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville also gave a Little Rock doctor, David Smith, a chance to express his concerns about the chemicals in marijuana.

Williams said his wife, Emily, suffered greatly from nausea while being treated for lymphoma, a type of cancer.

But once she began using marijuana, "the pain that she had been feeling, the nausea that had been wrecking her system, started going away almost immediately," Williams said.


What Happens When Marijuana Joke Goes Too Far?

In what might turn out to be the best April Fools’ Day prank, an awkward marijuana sign came up on a college avenue in Arkansas. The sign, surprisingly, announced the future opening of the first marijuana dispensary in Arkansas inside a building that once housed EZ Mart. So far, no one has claimed responsibility for bringing up the sign and the owner of the building has claimed lack of knowledge about who placed the sign there, but what is clear is that marijuana is illegal in Arkansas as it is at the federal level.

Annual marijuana holiday (4/20)


Arkansas Attorney General Approves Marijuana Legalization Initiative

LITTLE ROCK, AR — A marijuana and hemp legalization constitutional amendment initiative sponsored by Arkansas CALM (Citizens’ Alliance for the Legalization of Marijuana) has won ballot title approval by Attorney General Dustin McDaniel. The Secretary of State’s office must still approve the Arkansas Hemp & Marijuana Amendment’s petition wording instructions. The amendment would legalize the […]


Arkansas Gov. Beebe to Pardon Own Son for Marijuana Conviction

LITTLE ROCK, AK — Outgoing Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe said Wednesday he plans to pardon his son’s felony marijuana conviction, arguing he deserves the same second chance as hundreds of other nonviolent offenders. Beebe spokesman Matt DeCample said the two-term Democratic governor would pardon Kyle Beebe, 34, who was convicted in 2003 of felony marijuana […]


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