Arkansas Rejects Medical Marijuana
- Nov 9, 2012 | Gail Cole
Arkansas voters rejected The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act on November 6. Yet the final tally, with 51% of Arkansans voting against and 49% voting for medical marijuana, indicates that the state is far from united on the issue.
Passage of The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act would have made "the medical use of marijuana legal under Arkansas state law" and enabled "qualifying patients" to cultivate marijuana on a limited basis and acquire it from licensed dispensaries.
Like other measures of its kind, the act recognized that "marijuana use, possession, and distribution for any purpose remain illegal under federal law… ."
Chris Kell, the campaign strategist for Arkansans for Compassionate Care, has said, "We'll try to get it through the General Assembly and if that doesn't work, we'll take it back to the people." He said he felt "the grow-your-own was the scariest aspect for most folks."