On June 20, 2016, Arkansans for Compassionate Care, a group pushing for a medical marijuana ballot initiative in the state of Arkansas, submitted signatures to the secretary of state’s office for approval. According to the UALR Public Radio, the group submitted over 117,000 signatures, well above the required 67,887 signatures needed.
“There are countless clinical and pre-clinical studies evidencing that cannabis is a safer, more effective alternative to medication such as pain pills. The patients of Arkansas deserve a safer alternative,” said Melissa Fults, campaign director for Arkansans for Compassionate Care campaign, during a a press conference.
The secretary of state’s office will have 30 days to approve the measure for the November ballot.
While making the announcement, the group called on backers of competing ballot initiatives to end their campaigns and support Arkansans for Compassionate Care instead. However, it is unclear whether or not the backers of the competing initiatives will heed the call to withdrawal their campaigns.
Speaking with the Associated Press, David Couch, a Little Rock attorney pushing for one of the competing initiatives, balked at the suggestion.
“I think it would be foolish for us to stop now,” Couch said. “We wouldn’t anyhow because we think we have the better proposal.”