by Max Brantley
Would you support a proposal to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes to allow patients with terminal or debilitating conditions to use marijuana if their doctors recommend it? The marijuana would be supplied only though state licensed dispensaries. Would you say you would strongly support the passage of this amendment, somewhat support passage of this amendment, are you neutral, somewhat oppose the passage of this amendment, strongly oppose the passage; or you would like more information before you decide on your support of this amendment.
As you may know, there will be an initiative on the ballot called the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act. Let me read you the question as you might read it in November.
An act making the medical use of marijuana legal under Arkansas state law, but acknowledging
that marijuana use, possession and distribution for any purpose remains illegal under federal law.
Establishing a system for the cultivation, acquisition and distribution of marijuana for qualifying patients through nonprofit medical marijuana dispensaries; authorizing limited cultivation of marijuana by qualifying patients or designated caregivers if the patient lives more than five miles from the nearest nonprofit dispensary; requiring that in order to become a qualifying patient, a person submit to the state a written certification from a physician that they are suffering from a qualifying medical condition and establishing an initial list of qualifying medical conditions.
If the election were held today, would you vote YES in support of this initiative or vote NO and oppose this initiative?
Definitely yes 34
Probably yes 11
Lean yes 3
Lean no 3
Probably no 7
Definitely no 36
(Don't know/Refused) 6
Total yes 48
Total no 46
Looking at the 2012 poll and the listening to people on the campaign trial I was convinced that the “grow your own” was the real problem that a lot of people had. So I asked the second question above and I think that the results verify my hunch. 63% of the people don’t support people being about to grow medical marijuana.
I do plan to resubmit that proposal to the AG for approval soon and hope to find funding to get it on the ballot in 2016.