Arkansas Supreme Court: Medical Marijuana Stays on the November Ballot

Gavin Lesnick
Arkansas Online
September 27, 2012


The Arkansas Supreme Court has ruled that a proposed initiated act to legalize the medical use of marijuana can appear on the November ballot.

In an opinion released Thursday morning, the court denied a petition filed by the Coalition to Preserve Arkansas Values. The group had argued that the ballot’s name wasn’t complete, didn’t fully reflect the scope and impact of the proposal and would still violate federal law.

Associate Justice Karen R. Baker wrote in the 15-page opinion that the ballot name and title were acceptable, noting the latter “is not duly long, nor is it complex or misleading” and that it “clearly provides the purpose and scope of the Act.”

[…] If passed, a doctor could approve a patient with a qualifying condition for the possession and use of marijuana as a treatment.

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