Two Groups Push to Legalize Marijuana in Arkansas

By KOLR10 News

Published 03/19 2014 09:07PM

Updated 03/19 2014 09:39PM

FAYETTEVILLE, Ar. --  Two groups in Arkansas have one mission and that's legalizing medical marijuana. 

Arkansans for Compassionate Care and Arkansans for Responsible Medicine both want ballot initiatives.  However, their versions are different and they're seeking support in different ways.

Arkansans for Compassionate Care put one of its strategies on display Tuesday night, setting up new volunteers and getting signatures.

Arkansans for Responsible Medicine however isn't pounding the pavement yet.  Representatives from the group say they're more worried about raising money first and getting autographs later.

The groups also differ when it comes to regulating marijuana if it is legalized.

Emma Yingling, a sponsor for Arkansans for Compassionate Care, says her group's measure seeks to allow patients to grow their own marijuana.

Couch says his group aims to set up more dispensaries, limiting home-growing.

"Our initiative has a hardship cultivation which is a very limited grow for patients who live far away," says Yingling.  "But far enough from a dispensary maybe they're physically unable to get to a dispensary."

"When we did the poll and things like that, that's what we found the push back on," says David Couch, with Arkansans for Responsible Medicine.

Both groups say whichever has more votes would trump the other, according to a constitutional amendment.

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