By Derrick Stanley
A group of medical marijuana advocates in Arkansas wanting to legalize the drug has collected enough signatures to get their proposal on the ballot in November.
The Arkansans for Compassionate Care said volunteers have collected more than the required number of 68,000 signatures to put medical marijuana to a vote. Their proposal is called the Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act.
They plan to collect thousands of more signatures to ensure that enough signatures are deemed valid.
Northwest Arkansas Regional Director Julie Yell said the goal is 75,000 to 85,000 just in case some signatures are not valid.
“I have a feeling that we're going to end up with more than that,” Yell said. “Now that interest has generated toward the end of the campaign."
Another initiative to legalize medical marijuana in Arkansas has just begun collecting signatures. Led by Little Rock attorney David Couch, it's called the Arkansas Amendment.
The Family Council Action Committee is an organization that is against both initiatives. Jerry Cox, executive director of the committee said, “This idea that you're just going to smoke medicine -- that's foolishness.”
Couch said in an email to KSFM-5NEWS the biggest difference between his amendment and the act led by the ACC is that the act allows people to grow their own medical marijuana.
“It’s just a backdoor way for people to smoke as much as they want, people that are otherwise healthy,” he said. “It has nothing, really to do with sick people,” Cox said of both initiatives.