An amendment to the Arkansas Constitution to legalize recreational marijuana and allow a number of cannabis businesses in proportion to the state’s population was submitted to the Secretary of State’s office Thursday morning.
The Amendment and Elimination of Adult Marijuana Use in Arkansas, submitted by Melissa Folts of the Arkansas chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, will be one of at least three proposals for adult cannabis use vying for the 2022 ballot.
Arkansas True Grass filed a separate amendment in May 2022 and was collecting signatures. This measure, the Arkansas Recreational Marijuana Amendment of 2022, would legalize cannabis for people 21 and older without capping the number of marijuana companies in the state.
Another group, Responsible Growth Arkansas, filed a regulatory statement calling for a ballot initiative with the Arkansas Ethics Committee last month.
In an interview, Fults said she didn’t initially plan to introduce modified recreational marijuana but said she believed their relationship would be good for both the industry and consumers.
“I think that’s the only fair way to do it,” she said.
Read the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Friday for the full story.