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Local group turns in medical marijuana signatures, petition

By David Harten

This article was originally published August 13, 2012 at 3:52 p.m. Updated August 13, 2012 at 4:15 p.m.

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Members of the Arkansans for Compassionate Care spoke at a press conference Monday afternoon after presenting the signature necessary to get a bill to legalize medical marijuana on the ballot in November.

Local group turns in medical marijuana signatures, petition

Arkansans for Compassionate Care turned in all signatures necessary to get the legalization of medical marijuana on the Nov. 6 ballot on Monday afternoon at the state capital. (By David Harten)
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— Arkansans for Compassionate Care turned in all signatures necessary to get the legalization of medical marijuana on the Nov. 6 ballot on Monday afternoon at the state capital.

A group of about 30 people appeared at at the Secretary of State's office in the lower level of the capital about 2 p.m. to turn in the estimated 74,406 signatures necessary to earn it a place on the ballot to go to a public vote.

In a campaign that has been ongoing since April of last year, Melissa Fults, the organization's treasurer, said that many people risk their freedom and that of their families daily to get medical marijuana, doing so to ensure that those who are sick get what they believe to be the correct form of treatment.

In a press conference held after the signatures were presented, several advocates spoke in favor of the bill that would legalize medical marijuana in the state. Many of those advocates claimed to be users of medical marijuana.

Fults herself said that she hopes medical marijuana is legalized to help her son with his illness without the threat of being arrested or incarcerated.

"Do I let my loved one die? Or do I break the law?" Fults said to a crowd of about 40. "... I choose to break the law, every time."

Read more about this story in tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

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Razorbacker1 says... August 13, 2012 at 7:33 p.m.

I approve of the legalization of marijuana. Tax the grower, the seller, and the user. Win win for everybody..... including law enforcement and our overcrouded prisons and jails.

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pat72209 says... August 14, 2012 at 8:15 a.m.

I didn't know it was a miracle healing drug....thought it was to help with pain. I approve of taking the sale of it off the streets. I agree with Razorbacker1.

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Jfish says... August 14, 2012 at 8:37 a.m.

This is nothing more than a way for recreational users to get legal access to marijuana and take American culture further down the path of apathy and laziness. Take a trip to Jamaica sometime and see what the pervasive use of pot does for your culture.

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denele says... August 14, 2012 at 8:46 a.m.

Yeah, Jfish, these folks are so lazy and apathetic they've spent two years on the streets gathering signatures, raising money, and otherwise working the constitutional path toward change in our laws. Dang those citizens...

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HawgFan says... August 14, 2012 at 9:07 a.m.

Dude....

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FreeSpiritMan says... August 14, 2012 at 9:13 a.m.

This time I agree with razorbacker1.......My wife was nearly killed in a car wreck 30 years ago and has suffered the effects of a head injury and a spinal injury and is in pain 7x24x365 as a result. Jfish....walk a mile in her moccasians before your so quick to form a opinion.

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NONSHEEPLE says... August 14, 2012 at 10:17 a.m.

Well stated Bill.. ANYTHING has the ability to be abused... I can't even get an effective bottle of NYQUIL anymore thanks to A-Holes abusing the old stuff... When are WE going to STOP letting others make these choices for US?? PLEASE vote YES in November.

Federal law, however, classifies marijuana as a drug that “has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.”

I gave my first synthetic THC pill "Marinol" to cancer patients over 20 YEARS ago so when I hear or read the above Federal statement it just PROVES how often we are lied to.... SHAME!

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1soni says... August 14, 2012 at 10:33 a.m.

Jfish - I would have agreed with your comments about Jamaica if not for some guy named Usain Bolt. Maybe they found a way around the drug screenings.

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dildel says... August 14, 2012 at 10:47 a.m.

The Fed. say there is nomedical use but they have a patent on cannabis, #6630507 for medical properties. Sounds like big pharma at work. Contact your elected and see the outdated crap Tim Griffin supplies to you concerning cannabis. It is a plant ,not a drug, it should be reclassified and fully legalized.

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