Thursday, Arkansans for Responsible Medicine announced the withdraw of their initiative, a move that pleased Melissa Fults, Campaign Director of Arkansans for Compassionate Care.
"We are delighted that the confusion over the 2014 Medical Cannabis Initiative has ended. Arkansans for Compassionate Care worked very hard to improve the 2012 initiative by making changes that included affordable access for patients, the ability for every patient to have access, and legal protection for both care givers and patients. Two initiatives would have only hurt the cause. We can safely move forward in our signature drive, get on the ballot, & give Arkansans the option of using medical cannabis instead of the harmful drugs that are their only choice at this time," Fults said. Fults also said her group is about a third of the way to the 62,507 signatures needed to get their measure in front of voters.
Medical marijuana made it to the ballot for the November 2012 election, but did not pass. Here's a breakdown of the 2012 election results:
49% voted for
51% voted against
Difference less than 30,000 votes
13 of Arkansas' 75 counties passed the medical marijuana issue
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