US (AR): Activists set to turn in double the signatures needed to put cannabis legalization on ballot

Arkansas activists say that they’ve collected more than double the required signatures to place a cannabis legalization initiative on the November ballot, with plans to submit the petitions to the state on the turn-in deadline on Friday.

Responsible Growth Arkansas is seeking to place the issue on the ballot as a constitutional amendment that would allow adults 21 and older to purchase and possess up to an ounce of cannabis. Home cultivation would not be permitted, and the measure does not contain provisions to expunge past records or provide for social equity opportunities in the industry that are favored by reform advocates.

A spokesperson for the campaign, Steve Lancaster, told KFSM-TV that advocates plan to “turn in 200,000 signatures of Arkansans.” That would far exceed the 89,151 valid signatures that are required to qualify for the ballot.

The secretary of state’s office will be responsible for verifying the signatures once they’re submitted. In the event that the campaign falls short but turns in at least 75 percent of the valid signatures, it would be given an additional 30 days to make up the difference.

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