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Medical marijuana approved for Arkansas ballot

By Andrew DeMillo, Associated Press

This article was published August 22, 2012 at 3:56 p.m.

— A proposal to legalize medical marijuana has been approved for the November ballot in Arkansas.

The secretary of state’s office on Wednesday said that Arkansans for Compassionate Care had turned in enough signatures to qualify the proposed initiated act for the November ballot. The proposal needed at least 62,507 signatures from registered voters to qualify.

The group fell short in the number of signatures needed last month, but it was given additional time to circulate petitions.

The proposal would allow Arkansans with qualifying conditions to purchase marijuana from non-profit dispensaries with a doctor’s recommendation. Qualifying conditions include cancer, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS and Alzheimer’s disease.

The proposal acknowledges that marijuana is illegal under federal law.

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

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Razorbacker1 says... August 22, 2012 at 6:10 p.m.

I agree with legalizing marijuana for medical purposes in Arkansas. Tax the grower, the seller, and the user. Everybody is happy.

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lilith2u says... August 22, 2012 at 7:35 p.m.

Before people go crazy over the prospect of legal marijuana, ask yourself how many sick and dying people medically benefit from alcohol which is a far more dangerous drug that kills thousands every year. Bottom line, if drug companies could patent marijuana and control its sale it would have been legal a long time ago.

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drs01 says... August 22, 2012 at 7:36 p.m.

If the medical profession gives out as many "mary-jane" passes as they have with "Handicap Parking Permits", we'll have 25% of our population smoking dope.....and you can add this one to the list of the most abused permits.

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ladyLiberty says... August 22, 2012 at 8:05 p.m.

i asked my friend who has been thru the cancer treatments and all the pain meds they give. She said she would not want or need another med. or would not be interested in marijuana if it was legal. Maybe they are just using these poor cancer people as a excuse to legalize a recreational drug. not sure any "sick" ones really want it. it does not seem to be in demand in the medical treatment research. there was only the one in the news that they found for this claim.

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djigoo says... August 22, 2012 at 8:36 p.m.

I'm with Razorbacker1. Legalize it, regulate it, and tax the hell out of it. Make the penalties for driving under the influence and the like commensurate with the risk. (Frankly, I've seen a lot of drivers who could probably benefit from a one-hit now and then.)

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Wildwood says... August 22, 2012 at 9:29 p.m.

Several years ago I was very ill & a neighbor called an ambulance. I was dehydrated from vomiting, among other things. I showed the ambulance crew my list of doctors & meds, including marijuana for nausea & vomiting. I was too sick to get to my pipe and small amount of pot. I told them if I could take 3 or 4 hits off the pipe, I would quit vomiting within 20 minutes & avoid a trip to the hospital. I also told them if I got arrested, so be it. I was too sick to care. They got my pipe, loaded it, lit it, gave me a few hits and saw that I stopped vomiting and I could keep fluids down. Then they left. I've never had any repercussions from their visit and assistance.

The doctor who made the recommendation of marijuana was from UAMS . He said he could not prescribe it but he could recommend it. It has not "led to other drugs" but has, instead. allowed me to stop taking several prescription drugs for pain and muscle spasms.

Finally, Arkansas is headed in the right direction. I agree with kathie2syr

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arkateacher54_aol.com says... August 22, 2012 at 11:26 p.m.

The problem with this is the same as with many similar issues - if people were honest and responsible it might work to legalize pot for medical use. But people being the lying connivers they are, it would be abused. So legal or not we will have drug abuse. To paraphrase another saying, Drugs don't ruin peoples lives, the idiots that use them ruin their own lives. The rest of us have to pay for the damages.

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KCSAP says... August 23, 2012 at 7:38 a.m.

Yeah, this is what we need. Nothing more than a ruse to get it legalized like on the left coast where all the pot heads have uninhibited access to it.

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Vickie55 says... August 23, 2012 at 8:37 a.m.

My main concern is not the use itself (which is probably safer than Vicadin or other drugs), but that kids will steal Grandma's supply just like they now steal Grandma's heart medicine.

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