Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment Cleared for Ballot

Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment Cleared for Ballot

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On Oct. 13, 2016, the Arkansas Supreme Court denied a petition to remove Issue 6, a constitutional amendment that would legalize medical marijuana in the state, from the November ballot. The petition had been submitted by a coalition of various state organizations, including the Chamber of Commerce and Arkansas Surgeon General Greg Bledsoe.

In the court’s decision, the justices ruled that the petitioners had asked the court to overstep its authority.

“The petitioner’s arguments call for an interpretation of the amendment. However, this court does not interpret a proposed amendment or discuss its merits or faults,” wrote Associate Justice Courtney Hudson Goodson. “For these reasons, we find no merit in the petitioner’s arguments.”

With no more legal challenges, Issue 6 is cleared to go on to the state ballot for the November elections. According to the Associated Press, Issue 7, a competing medical marijuana amendment, is still undergoing a pending court challenge.

William Sumner, a freelance writer and marijuana journalist, was a staff writer for MJINews from May 2014 through February 2018. You can follow him on Twitter @W_Sumner.

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