Arkansas Medical Marijuana Supporters Submit Petition

July 02, 2004

Associated Press, KHBS - TV

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Supporters of a ballot initiative to authorize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes filed petitions Saturday with the Secretary of State's Office.

The measure requires at least 64,456 valid signatures of registered voters to qualify for the Nov. 2 general election ballot. A lawyer for the secretary of state said initiative backers must turn in at least that number to be considered.

A spokeswoman for the Arkansas Alliance for Medical Marijuana refused to say how many names the group turned in Saturday. However, a signed affidavit accompanying the signatures said 66,282 were submitted -- including 37,882 in Pulaski County.

Opponents of the initiative said the safety and effectiveness of marijuana are unsure. They argued that synthetic THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, and other prescription alternatives are available.

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