Campaign Begins Against Recreational Marijuana in Arkansas

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LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas’ surgeon general and church groups launched a campaign Thursday against recreational marijuana proposals that advocates hope to get on the ballot four years after voters approved medical marijuana.

The campaign is focused on trying to urge people to not sign petitions circulating around the state for the two competing marijuana proposals.

Supporters of the measures must submit at least 89,151 signatures from registered voters by July 3 and have their proposals’ wording approved by the state Board of Election Commissioners to qualify for the November ballot.

Arkansas voters in 2016 approved a constitutional amendment legalizing marijuana for patients with certain medical conditions, and dispensaries opened last year. Since then, medical marijuana sales in the state have exceeded $35 million.

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