LITTLE ROCK (KFSM) – The Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act (AMCA) has been certified by Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel for the 2016 ballot, according to a news release on Thursday (Aug. 14).
The wording of the ballot title has been approved, clearing the way for Arkansans for Compassionate Care (ACC) to start collecting signatures, the release states.
The new initiative will add more initial qualifying conditions for patients, provides cannabis testing labs and more, according to the release.
“We have more than 600 volunteers across the state who are preparing to gather signatures starting in just a few weeks,” said Melissa Fults, Campaign Director for the AMCA.
ACC is set to start collecting signatures in September, the release states.
ACC originally decided not to submit the Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act to the Arkansas Secretary of State by its original due date of July 7 when it was aiming to get on the Nov. ballot due to not having enough signatures.
The organization collected nearly 80 percent of required signatures, but time constraints prevented them from reaching their full goal by their 2014 due date. As a result, they pulled back and decided to aim for a 2016 ballot initiative.