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Arkansas Supreme Court: Medical Marijuana Vote Can Go Forward

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Cannabis plants grow in the greenhouse at Vireo Health's medical marijuana cultivation facility, Aug. 19, 2016, in Johnstown, New York. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 13 Oct 2016 03:37 PM

The Arkansas Supreme Court has ruled voters will be able to decide whether to approve a constitutional amendment permitting medical marijuana by rejecting a petition that would block votes on the proposal from being counted.

Two medical marijuana proposals were slated to go before Arkansas voters in November, and challenges to both were presented to the Supreme Court. One was upheld, while the other, an initiated act challenged for having insufficient signatures, is still being reviewed.

“It is a flawed measure that hurts Arkansans,” Executive Director of the Family Council Action Committee Jerry Cox said, The Associated Press reported. His group was one of several fighting against the constitutional amendment, and he still plans to campaign against it.

If the initiated act to legalize marijuana is found to have sufficient signatures, both would voted on in November, and no one is sure which might prevail. The initiated act differs from the constitutional amendment in that the former would allow for the growing of marijuana for individuals for personal use if patients didn’t live near a dispensary.

Arkansans United for Medical Marijuana plans to run TV and radio ads ahead of the election. “Now that the last obstacle has been cleared and we know that people will be able to vote on Issue 6, we’ll start our campaign,” Little Rock attorney David Couch said, according to the AP.

Associate Justice Courtney Hudson Goodson wrote, “We conclude that while inside the voting booth, the voters will be able to reach an intelligent and informed decision for or against the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment of 2016.”

A medical marijuana proposal was rejected narrowly four years ago in Arkansas.

National support for medical marijuana has grown substantially since the last election, with about half the states legalizing the drug for medical use.

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