Groups campaign for medical marijuana as others work to vote both proposals down

Groups campaign for medical marijuana as others work to vote both proposals down
(Source: Raycom Media)

LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT/KARK) - In November, Arkansans will have the opportunity to vote for 2 medical marijuana initiatives.

Both groups are working on campaigns to pass their proposals, but so is a group against both ballot items.

According to KARK in Little Rock, the Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act's measure will allow doctors to prescribe medical marijuana for 56 qualifying conditions.

This group considers themselves a grass root campaign and hope the network of 1,600 volunteers will spread the message.

The other group with a medical marijuana measure on the November ballot allows doctors to prescribe cannabis for 15 conditions.

They plan on raising $750,000 to fund the campaign and spread the word.

But with both proposals comes one group against both measures for medical marijuana.

As KARK reported, a group of business leaders along with religious and law enforcement leaders are working to vote both proposals down.

The Arkansas Surgeon General, Greg Bledsoe, is the opposition's spokesperson.

Bledsoe said their goal is to educate the voters on why they believe the amendment and act are not good for Arkansas.

According to the report, if both measures pass and are deemed similar by the courts, state statute calls for the one with the most votes to go into law.

Both sides told KARK that could lead to a legal fight.

For more on the effort to get medical marijuana on the ballot click here.

Copyright 2016 KAIT. All rights reserved.

Watch Region 8 News On Demand: On your Desktop | On your Mobile device

Region 8 News App - Install or update on your: iPhone | Android