Multiple marijuana proposals could be headed for 2016 ballot in Arkansas
LITTLE ROCK (ArkansasNews) — Arkansas voters could have multiple marijuana-related issues to choose between in two years.
On Thursday, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel approved the ballot title and popular name of a initiated act proposed for the 2016 ballot that would allow possession and use of marijuana for medical purposes.
It was the second marijuana measure proposed for 2016 that McDaniel approved. On Aug. 5, he approved the ballot title and popular name of a proposed constitutional amendment that would make use and possession of marijuana legal in Arkansas, without restricting it to medical use.
The attorney general’s action clears the way for supporters to begin gathering signatures. To secure a spot on the November 2016 ballot, they will need to collect a number of signatures equal to 8 percent of the total votes cast in the governor’s race in November.
Meanwhile, Little Rock lawyer David Couch is hoping to place a third marijuana measure on the 2016 ballot.
Couch’s measure would legalize medical marijuana but is different from the measure proposed by Arkansans for Compassionate Care, which McDaniel approved Thursday, in that it does not include provisions allowing some people to grow marijuana at home or providing marijuana at lower cost to low-income people.