Marijuana Ballot Initiatives in Final Push Before Deadline

LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Supporters of two initiatives to get marijuana on the November ballot are working to collect enough signatures by the July 7 deadline.

There are two marijuana initiatives gathering signatures:

The Arkansas Hemp and Cannabis Amendment seeks to legalize all cannabis in the Natural State.

The author of the Arkansas Hemp and Cannabis Amendment says there have been more than 50,000 petition sheets out there waiting on signatures in just the month that they had to collect. This initiative needs 78,133 by Monday.

But time restraints and other formalities have presented quite the challenge to get what they needed.

"That's the nature of the beast," Robert Reed said. "I mean the regulations to get a petition are massive and with less than 30 days just to get it done with no funding and all by the citizens of Arkansas, we'll make history."

Another group, Arkansans for Compassionate Care, needs 62,507 signatures by Monday to get its push to legalize medical cannabis on the November ballot.

ACC Campaign Director Melissa Fults said her organization is still collecting and counting signatures in the final days before the deadline.

But if the Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act does not make it, Fults said they will continue pushing their cause.

"If we don't make the ballot, we'll go right back," Fults said in an interview in June. "We won't stop until this gets passed."

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