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Legalization Question Approved

Legalization Question Approved for November in Arkansas

The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled that the state’s adult-use cannabis legalization question will appear on November ballots. 

Arkansas voters passed a medical cannabis constitutional amendment in 2016, and if approved, the new adult-use law would allow Arkansans aged 21 and older to purchase up to an ounce at regulated dispensaries, according to a recent article in Ganjapreneur.

The proposed measure would also allow for the cultivation of up to six plants, with three flowering at any given time, for personal use.

If approved by voters, the amendment would make Arkansas the first Southern state to legalize cannabis for adult use. 

The Arkansas Supreme Court has struck down a law that gave the Board of Election Commissioners the authority to approve ballot measure language. That task now falls to the state attorney general, according to an AP article.

Responsible Growth Arkansas has raised more than $4 million in support of the Arkansas measure, primarily from medical marijuana businesses. Safe and Secure Communities, a group formed to oppose the measure, has more than $2 million from an Arkansas poultry executive and an Illinois shipping executive who have backed Republican candidates.

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