Originally there were a total of five adult-use marijuana petitions for the 2022 Arkansas ballot. Now there’s just one: Responsible Growth Arkansas. And on Friday, July 8, they’ll be turning in their signatures.
“Come Friday, we’re going to turn in 200,000 signatures of Arkansans,” said Steve Lancaster, representing Responsible Growth Arkansas. To qualify for the ballot takes 89,000 valid voter signatures.
“The thing that really sets us apart from the others is we understand that this is a product that needs to be regulated by the state,” Lancaster said.
40 More Dispensaries; 20 More Craft Growers (No Home Grow)
The group says it would add 40 dispensaries across the state and 20 more craft grow facilities. It would not allow for home growing in order to “protect children.”
That’s absurd nonsense, of course — countless parents grow Cannabis without any harm to their children.
But it’s understandable that to pass a legalization initiative in a deep-red state like Arkansas, one probably needs to sound a bit conservative.
Economic Boost For Arkansas
All of this, of course, could mean a big economic boost for Arkansas.
“Over the last 12 months, we saw $32 million generated from medical marijuana to the state. If recreational were to happen, those numbers change very dramatically,” Hardin said.
The group also says its amendment would remove the tax from medical marijuana patients and shift it to people buying it for adult recreational use.
“Those monies will go for law enforcement, goes to drug court, and would also go to cancer research,” Lancaster said.
Arkansas True Grass Plans On Coming Back In 2024
In order for adult-use Cannabis in Arkansas to be legalized, the issue has to be on an election ballot. Groups across the state have been trying to get it there by racking up more than 89,000 signatures on a petition by July 8.
Arkansas law says in order to have a constitutional amendment on a ballot, the number of signatures has to be 10% of the votes cast for governor in the most recent election.
The deadline to get that amount is four months before the election the issue is to be on.
Arkansas True Grass suspended its canvassing campaign in early June after only getting about 40,000 signatures. The grassroots organization, which frankly had a way better plan — including home grow — plans to regroup come 2024.