Arkansas Medical Marijuana Measures Fails To Qualify For ’04 Ballot

Little Rock, AR: Arkansas election officials said last week that an initiative seeking to legalize the use of medicinal cannabis under a doctor’s supervision failed to qualify for the November ballot because proponents did not collect enough valid signatures.

The proposal sought to allow patients with “debilitating medical conditions” to possess and cultivate small amounts of marijuana for medicinal purposes under the authorization of their physician. The measure also called for the establishment of a confidential state-run patient registry to issue identification cards to qualifying patients.

According to state election officials, only 52,364 of the signatures collected by the initiative’s proponents were valid. It needed 64,456 signatures from registered voters to qualify for the ballot.

A similar statewide medical marijuana initiative will appear on the November ballot in Montana. In addition, Oregon voters will decide on an initiative to expand the state’s existing medicinal cannabis law to allow qualified patients to possess up to ten marijuana plants and one pound of usable marijuana.

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