David Goins, KARK
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- A group pushing for the legalization of so called medicinal marijuana said Wednesday they plan to collect the requisite signatures "in a hurry" to get the measure on the ballot.
David Couch with Arkansans for Responsible Medicine says they need just over 62,000 valid signatures by next July to land on the ballot in November 2014.
"We want to collect our signatures in a hurry and then we can use our people for the campaign and not worry about collecting signatures for a year and a half," Couch says.
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, D-Arkansas, approved the language of the ballot initiative on Tuesday and simultaneously rejected the wording for another marijuana initiative.
Couch says the approved initiative is different from the measure voters rejected at the polls in 2012 in two key areas.
The current version would not allow individuals to grow their own cannabis and also places a cap on the amount of marijuana dispensaries.
"I think the issue last time was the grown your own," Couch says.
The ability to grow your own medicinal marijuana, under certain circumstances, is still present in the plan presented by Arkansans for Compassionate Care that has yet to be approved by McDaniel.
Melissa Fults with Arkansans for Compassionate Care says she is not concerned with the possibility of two marijuana proposals on the ballot in 2014.
"I think that we will stand out," Fults says. "Like last time we will be on the ballot, only this time I think we will definitely succeed and it will be passed and the people in Arkansas that desperately need this medicine will have it."