Arkansas group submits 117K signatures to get medical marijuana on ballot

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Supporters of Arkansas’ medical marijuana turned in thousands of signatures Monday in an effort to put their legalization proposal on the state’s ballot this fall, and called on backers of a competing ballot measure to end their campaign.

Arkansans for Compassionate Care submitted 117,469 signatures to the secretary of state’s office, which has 30 days to review the petitions and determine whether the group has the 67,887 needed from registered voters to get its proposed initiated act on the ballot. It would legalize medical marijuana for patients with qualifying medical conditions with a doctor’s recommendation.

“The patients of Arkansas deserve a safer alternative,” Melissa Fults, the group’s campaign director, said at a news conference at the Capitol. “They should not have to choose between treating their illnesses or breaking the law.”

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