Proponents of Medical Marijuana Say They're Not Giving Up

July 11, 2004

Associated Press, KATV-TV

Little Rock (AP) - The campaign to legalize marijuana for medical use in Arkansas hasn't ended. Backers of the item proposed for the fall ballot say they will continue to get enough signatures
to ensure voters can choose on the issue. A national group that had backed the proposal announced on Saturday that it would devote its resources in other states.

Backers submitted 67,000 signatures on July 2nd to try to win ballot placement. The measure needs at least 64,456 signatures of registered voters. National group organizers say they would need to collect 50,000 signatures within a month to ensure enough valid names.

Local backers say they want to keep pressing the issue because this is the closest they have come in years of trying to change the law.

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