Adult use marijuana campaign making headway

Adult use marijuana campaign making headway



The industry-backed group trying to legalize recreational marijuana in Arkansas has collected more than 65,000 verified signatures and has spent more than $1 million in its attempt to make the November ballot, according to the group’s most recent financial report.

Responsible Growth Arkansas needs at least 89,151 verified signatures before the July 8 deadline. The campaign has collected the required number of signatures in 17 counties and has six more counties to go, according to campaign chair Eddie Armstrong. 

Known as the Arkansas Adult Use Cannabis Amendment, the proposal would increase the number of dispensaries in the state to 120 and the number of cultivators in the state to 20. The 12 new cultivators would be allowed to grow up to 250 plants and have been compared to craft breweries. The plan would also eliminate the tax on medical marijuana and, through taxes on recreational sales, would provide funding to law enforcement, drug courts and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.