Group Approved to Circulate Petitions for Marijuana Amendment

On Tuesday the Arkansas Attorney General’s office certified a popular name and ballot title for an amendment expanding marijuana legalization in Arkansas.

The group backing the measure now has until July 5 to collect 90,704 petition signatures to place the amendment on the ballot.

The amendment would change Arkansas’ medical marijuana law to enable recreational marijuana statewide. No longer would marijuana users need to suffer from a specific medical condition.

The amendment would drastically expand Arkansas’ laws to make it possible for people to grow and use marijuana at home. This would make it easier for people to use marijuana recreationally.

The amendment also would openly legalize marijuana in Arkansas if federal laws against marijuana are repealed.

Arkansas voters rejected marijuana legalization at the ballot box in 2022. The campaign against the 2022 marijuana amendment had only a fraction of the money that the marijuana industry had, but it was defeated by a broad coalition of churches, business groups, elected officials, and citizens who knew that marijuana would be bad for Arkansas. We anticipate similar opposition to this latest marijuana amendment as well.

Group Raises $7K+ for Arkansas Abortion Amendment in January

Reports filed with the Arkansas Ethics Commission last week show the organization promoting the Arkansas Abortion Amendment raised $7,640 in January. The group currently has $21,250 at its disposal for the abortion amendment campaign.

Arkansans for Limited Government is backing the abortion measure. If passed, the amendment would write abortion into the state constitution, allowing thousands of elective abortions in Arkansas every year.

The measure prevents the Arkansas Legislature from restricting abortion during the first five months of pregnancy, and it contains sweeping health exceptions for abortion throughout all nine months.

It nullifies all state laws that conflict with the amendment — putting basic restrictions like parental consent and informed consent requirements in jeopardy and threatening to erase medical licensing standards for abortionists.

Arkansans for Limited Government is working to collect nearly 91,000 petition signatures to place the abortion amendment on the ballot, but several pro-life groups are working to disqualify and defeat the amendment.

Family Council Action Committee recently formed a ballot question committee to stop the measure.

Choose Life Arkansas — which is made up of pro-life leaders from across the state — has also formed a campaign to defeat the amendment.

NWA Coalition for Life recently filed a Statement of Organization announcing it will work against the abortion amendment. The group includes pro-life leaders from the Northwest Arkansas area.

And Arkansas Right to Life is leading a Decline to Sign campaign encouraging voters not to sign petitions for the amendment.

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