…and so are we! November 2018, on one hand, seems forever away. A whole year! But there are people whose term is up and must re-run, perhaps are termed out or have chosen not to run and a new candidate must be selected. There are bills that passed in the House and Senate during session that will go to vote in mid-term. There are also petition drives in order to exercise voter’s local options like the one An American Speaks is involved with right now.
Issue 6, that Arkansas voted into law by a narrow 3% margin, is now Amendment 98 of the Arkansas Constitution. Also known as the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment of 2016 it contains a little known local option clause that allows counties or municipalities to vote on whether they wish to have a dispensary or grow facility. Last week An American Speaks filed a Ballot Question Committee Statement of Organization on behalf of Boone County with the Arkansas Ethics Commission as Counties Against Legalized Marijuana. It is our intention to work with local churches, civic organizations and local businesses to mount a petition drive to get this option on the ballot next November so Boone County, who voted overwhelmingly against Issue 6, has the option of keeping dispensaries and grow facilities out of their county.
Last Monday, October 9th, we introduced this option to the Carroll County Republican Committee and will be happy to speak with/help any City or County that is interested in doing the same. Almost half the counties in Arkansas voted against this amendment and a number of those that voted “for” passed with a margin of less than 2%. It is our belief that they should know how to exercise their right in the amendment to not have it in their county or city if they do not want it.
Click here for AAS Summary Position Statement Medical Marijuana
Click here for Top 10 Pros and Cons of Medical Marijuana
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