According to the latest ballot results, the state voters have approved the medical use of weed in Arkansas.
At the previous voting, the marijuana initiative was narrowly rejected by 56% of the state voters. This time, 53.2% of the state residents supported Issue 6, while 46.8% of the voters expressed their opposition.
After a string of fierce discussions, supporters had put two initiatives to the vote—Issue 6 and Issue 7. However, the Supreme Court of Arkansas removed the latter right before the election, leaving only one cannabis measure on the ballot. And it has become known that Issue 6 has been accepted by the state public. It means that Arkansas will now become the new center of medical marijuana use in the south of the U.S.
When Issue 6 comes into legal force, the state's patients will be allowed to use marijuana for treating one of the 17 diseases specified in the initiative. The qualifying list includes such common debilitating conditions as cancer, glaucoma, epilepsy, severe arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and others.
Medical marijuana patients will not be permitted to grow weed plants even for medical use, but they will be able to purchase cannabis from licensed dispensaries. Moreover, all taxes received from weed sales will be allocated to vocational schools, technical institutes, and the state's General Fund.
One of the most important roles in the positive outcome of the voting was played by the pro-marijuana campaign that had raised $1.3 million, while the opposition campaign had collected only $207.000.