Jones lauds Supreme Court decision on marijuana amendment September 23, 2022 By Griffin Coop Arkansas Democratic gubernatorial nominee Chris Jones praised the state Supreme Court’s decision Thursday to allow the votes to be counted on a constitutional amendment that would legalize marijuana for adults 21 and older, according to a statement issued by the campaign today. Jones described his support for the Arkansas Adult Use Cannabis Amendment in detail to Arkansas Cannabiz in a phone interview last month. Today, he said in the statement he continues to support a “just and equitable cannabis industry.” The state Supreme Court ruled late Thursday that the votes should be counted on the measure in November. The court had already ruled that the measure should be placed on the ballot provisionally. Libertarian nominee Ricky Dale Harrington Jr. retweeted a story about the Supreme Court ruling, adding “The People Rule.” Harrington previously declared his support for the measure to Arkansas Cannabiz as well. Republican nominee Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who is recovering from surgery, has not taken a public position on the measure and her Twitter account did not include any posts about the Supreme Court ruling. Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson and U.S. Senators Tom Cotton and John Boozman have Tweeted their opposition to the measure but have not Tweeted about Thursday’s ruling. Jones’s statement is below: LITTLE ROCK, AR – Dr. Chris Jones, Democratic nominee for governor of Arkansas, issued this statement in response to the Arkansas Supreme Court’s decision to allow on the November election ballot a constitutional amendment that would legalize marijuana use for adults. Standing up to amplify the voice of voters throughout Arkansas, Chris Jones supports the initiative process, as well this specific ballot initiative. In Arkansas, the people rule, and it is proper that Arkansans have a right to the ballot initiative process and the power to vote on statewide measures, and that their voices be heard. The ballot initiative process is one of the few important ways Arkansans get to have a seat at the table. It was through ballot initiatives that we expanded Medicare, increased minimum wage, and approved medical marijuana. At our core, we need to focus and uplift efforts that amplify voice, encourage participation, and promote democracy. Our next governor must speak up for democracy in Arkansas. It’s concerning that some have and continue to try to suppress the voice of voters, and that my opponent in the governor’s race has been completely silent on this fundamental issue of democracy. As governor, I will support the right of citizens to propose and vote on the laws of the land. On this issue of legalization of the adult-use marijuana market in Arkansas, Arkansans’ voices will be heard on November 8! I continue to support the creation of a just and equitable cannabis industry. This initiative is a good first step toward Arkansas embracing a pragmatic cannabis policy. If approved by the majority of Arkansans, this new policy will encourage economic growth of a new business market, deliver funding to support priorities like education and community safety, equip our hard-working law enforcement to keep us safe by focusing on serious crimes, and protect consumers.