A New Push for Adult-Use Marijuana Legalization in Arkansas
Legislators have just filed a new amendment that will help establish the cannabis market in Arkansas and legalize marijuana for adult use.
According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the amendment would authorize at least one cultivation facility per 300,000 residents and one cannabis shop per 15,000 residents.
Moreover, the Arkansas Adult Use and Expungement Marijuana Amendment, which was submitted by Arkansas NORML — a marijuana advocacy group — would:
- allow the possession of cannabis (for adults)
- provide a court relief system for people who have been convicted of marijuana-related misdemeanors or felonies
Curiously, this is the state’s third attempt to get recreational marijuana on the ballot in 2022.
In fact, Responsible Growth Arkansas was the first to file a statement of organization with the state’s ethics commission, yet has failed to put forward a proposal afterward.
Next in line came Arkansas True Grass, a grass-roots campaign in Arkansas to legalize cannabis, which submitted the “Arkansas Recreational Marijuana Amendment of 2022.”
As per their proposal, they would legalize adult-use cannabis and there would be no restrictions on the number of cannabis companies.
As a matter of fact, the group has already begun collecting the required 89,151 signatures for the ballot in 2022; the deadline is July 8.
In essence, there are three main benefits of legalizing marijuana:
- Patients who use marijuana for medical reasons will have additional access and cheaper products.
- The new jobs and taxes created by the cannabis industry will boost the economy and spur growth.
- There will be a reduction in the number of overdoses caused by opioids.
Hence, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that, as of now, an incredible 68% of Americans support the legalization of marijuana.