LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Several groups and state leaders gathered at the Arkansas State Capitol Thursday morning to urge Arkansans not to sign petitions that would put recreational marijuana on the November ballot.
Other elected officials and church leaders also expressed their support.
The gathering was held to answer questions about the increased potency of modern strains of marijuana and its impact on people’s health, on law enforcement, on families and on the social safety net.
Also being addressed, the negative effects of legalization campaigns on the political process.
The groups also don’t want this issue to go to the ballot because they believe outside money and influence will flood the state. Arkansas Surgeon General Dr. Gary Bledsoe said that during the 2016 campaign for medical marijuana those who were in favor outspent the opposition ten to one.
The two groups who are gathering the signatures say that despite allowing people to grow their own marijuana it will be well regulated and would mirror alcohol rules and regulations.
“This is the same rhetoric, there’s nothing new,” says Michelle Fults with Arkansans For Cannabis Reform.
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The groups in opposition also provided statements that Governor Asa Hutchinson recently made on the issue.
Sen. Cecile Bledsoe (R-Rogers) statement: