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Medical Marijuana Headed For November Ballot In Arkansas

Posted on  August 13, 2012 by  News Admin

  The Facebook page for Arkansas for Compassionate Care (ACC) has been alluding to big news all week. "If you have your ear to the ground in just the right place, you know the good news is coming. Arkansas get ready, greatness is upon you!" The group has reason to celebrate. At 2 p.m. EST on Monday they will travel to Little Rock to submit approximately 130,000 signatures, more than double the 62,000 needed to qualify, putting medical marijuana up for a vote in November.  If the Arkansas initiative passes, its supporters are confident that it will represent the dawn of a sea change in federal marijuana policy. They believe that by becoming the first Southern state to pass such a bill, the Federal government will be forced to address prohibition at a national level. "We are in the Bible Belt; this isn't generally one of the states that is a hotbed of marijuana reform or policy," said Ryan Denham, campaign director for ACC. "If passed, this will send a strong message nationally -- we did it before [bigger, more populated states such as] Illinois, Georgia and Texas." "Arkansans are leaders and we are going to set an example for the rest of the country," Denham said. "Marijuana is medicine and it is time we recognize that on a national level. We hope that [the passage of our initiative] sends a strong message to national elected officials." Denham is confident medical marijuana will pass in November. ACC is running a professional...