Arkansas Supreme Court Suspends Issue 7 From November Ballot
LITTLE ROCK (KFSM) — On Thursday morning (Oct. 27) the Arkansas Supreme Court disqualified a medical marijuana proposal that will appear on the ballot in the November Election, ruling that it failed to receive enough qualified signatures.
The court ruled the issue failed to get the required 67,887 signatures to put the measure on the ballot, after disqualifying more than 12,000 signatures, according to court documents. Now the issue is nearly 2,500 signatures shy of the ballot requirement.
The court sided with a petition against the amendment stating that the Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin incorrectly counted some of the signatures collected by Arkansans for Compassionate Care 2016, specifically some that were gathered by paid canvassers who didn’t meet proper state guidelines.
The ballot will still appear on the November Ballot. However, the measure cannot be passed.
Issue 7 would have legalized marijuana for medical use, as well as allowing for medical marijuana dispensaries. Patients who live more than 20 miles from a dispensary would have been allowed to grow a limited amount.
Another medical marijuana proposal, Issue 6, will still appear on the November ballot. Earlier this month, the Arkansas Supreme Court rejected a petition against the Medical Marijuana Amendment.