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Recreational Marijuana Legalization Amendment Submitted in Arkansas

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Arkansas True Grass submitted The Arkansas Recreational Marijuana Amendment of 2020 to the Arkansas Secretary of State’s office. Signatures can start being collected in support of getting the amendment on November 2020 ballots. If passed, it would legalize marijuana via state constitutional amendment.

The group must obtain at least 10% of the votes that were cast for governor in the state’s last gubernatorial election, according to 5 News Online. Signatures must be from valid registered voters. The group will have until early July 3, 2020 to obtain the signatures needed.

The description for the amendment reads, in part: “AN AMENDMENT TO THE ARKANSAS CONSTITUTION DEFINING RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA AS ANY PART OF THE CANNABIS PLANT, LIVING OR NOT, THAT IS CULTIVATED OR PRODUCED TO BE USED AS AN INTOXICANT FOR THE PURPOSE OF ADULT ENJOYMENT OR PLEASURE; THIS AMENDMENT WILL MAKE THE CULTIVATION, PRODUCTION, DISTRIBUTION, POSSESSION, TRANSPORT, AND SALE OF RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA FOR PERSONS 21 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER LEGAL UNDER STATE LAW, BUT RECOGNIZING THAT THE LISTED ACTIVITIES REGARDING MARIJUANA IS PROHIBITED UNDER FEDERAL LAW; UNDER THIS AMENDMENT THE ARKANSAS AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT AND THE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CONTROL DIVISION SHALL REGULATE THE CULTIVATION AND PRODUCTION OF RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA THAT IS SOLD IN THE STATE. THE AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT SHALL ISSUE TWO TYPES OF RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA LICENSES TO ANY ADULT OR BUSINESS WHO ARE A RESIDENT OF THE STATE TO CULTIVATE, MANUFACTURE, AND SELL RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA PLANTS AND PRODUCTS PRODUCED THEREFROM.”