LITTLE ROCK, AR (News Release) —Hundreds of Arkansans are volunteering this weekend to collect signatures for the Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act in more than 50 locations across the state.
Arkansans for Compassionate Care 2014, the group that sponsored the bill, is hoping to collect enough signatures to put the initiative on this year's ballot.
"Last year more than 500,000 Arkansans voted for this issue. We very nearly won. We know there are enough people who will sign the initiative—it's simply a matter of making it easy for them to find us. We have an all-volunteer staff and we hope this weekend to garner enough signatures to get national sponsorship," said Melissa Fults, Campaign Director for ACC.
The AMCA is an improved version of the 2012 ballot initiative. It clarifies the role of the Arkansas Department of Health, restructures and restricts the hardship cultivation opportunities, and most importantly, it introduces an affordability clause to create a sliding-scale price system for low-income patients. The Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act proposes to create up to $10m in tax revenues for the state and more than 500 jobs.
Arkansans for Compassionate Care is a coalition of concerned patients and allies who agree that sick and dying patients should have access to medical cannabis with a doctor's recommendation. For thousands of chronically-ill Arkansans, the pain and nausea relief afforded by cannabis helps them live comfortably without harmful side effects. But cannabis is currently unregulated and not legally available.
Arkansans for Compassionate Care offers a better choice: controlled access to a medicine that is proven to be both safe and effective, especially against the debilitating effects of chronic illness and harsh medical treatments.
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