According to the United States Census Bureau1 the population of Arkansas has almost reached 3 million. The Arkansas medical marijuana vote should bring out a good portion of those that are eligible to vote.
As expected, the state is divided…and quite vocally on both sides.
The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Vote Opposition
You don’t have to look far to find those that will be voting no on the November ballot. Their voices are being heard loud and clear. And it starts with Governor Asa Hutchinson. He is opposing the Arkansas medical marijuana vote.
The governor is not alone. The executive director of the Arkansas Family Council Action Committee, Jerry Cox, has made it his mission to vehemently oppose any legalization of medical marijuana. Their plan includes verifying the petitions and they are considering taking legal action against the proposals.2
Arkansas Department of Health Weighs In
The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) does not support any measure that would bring medical marijuana to the state. If the Arkansas medical marijuana vote is in favor of legalization the ADH would be the regulatory agency. The ADH finds a problem with this since cannabis is not approved by the FDA for medical use.
Who is for the Legal use of Cannabis for Medicinal Purposes?
Since the state is almost equally divided, with a slight edge given to those voting yes, it is easy to find those in favor. The most noticeable is the group Arkansans for Compassionate Care (AMCA). They are sponsors of The Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act. This will allow patients with a doctor’s recommendation to use cannabis for serious and debilitating medical conditions.
Air Force veteran, Daniel Hankins, suffers from PTSD and complications from back injuries sustained while in the military. His YouTube video for AMCA shows his support.
If social media is a good indication of how the vote will go, there are many showing support for the Arkansas medical marijuana vote. Let’s take a look at some recent tweets.
— Stoned Media Group (@Stoned_Media) July 14, 2016
— Vicente Sederberg (@VicenteConsult) July 15, 2016
The Arkansas medical marijuana vote will be decided in November. This is an important voting year in many ways. To register to vote in Arkansas click here.
1 http://www.census.gov/quickfacts/table/PST045215/05 Retrieved July 18, 2016