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The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a lawsuit that could have removed Issue 7: The Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act from the November ballot. The lawsuit, filed by Arkansans Against Legal Marijuana, a coalition including the Farm Bureau, the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Melanie Conway and the Family Council Action Committee, claimed the ballot title for Issue 7 was vague, misleading and didn’t cover all aspects of the act.

Melissa Fults, Arkansans for Compassionate Care: "Quote: [Melissa Fults for State Representative]
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Melissa Fults,
Arkansans for Compassionate Care:

“We are pleased with today’s ruling from the Supreme Court on the challenge to Issue 7’s ballot title and are moving forward with the hopes of the same outcome for the lawsuit challenging our signatures”
[Melissa Fults for State Representative]

“We are pleased with today’s ruling from the Supreme Court on the challenge to Issue 7’s ballot title and are moving forward with the hopes of the same outcome for the lawsuit challenging our signatures,” said Melissa Fults, campaign director for The Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act.

Another lawsuit, filed by Kara Benca, a Little Rock attorney, challenges the signature collection process and claims to be able to remove 15,000 signatures, which would leave insufficient signatures for Issue 7 to remain on the ballot.

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Ryan Denham,
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“After discussions with our attorney and the Secretary of State’s office, we believe that the SOS correctly certified Issue 7’s signatures”
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“After discussions with our attorney and the Secretary of State’s office, we believe that the SOS correctly certified Issue 7’s signatures,” said Ryan Denham, deputy director for Issue 7: The Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act.

“We are, however, deeply concerned by a recent disclosure that David Couch, the sponsor of the medical marijuana amendment known as Issue 6, paid the key witness, Heidi Gay of National Ballot Access, $30,000 to find errors in our signatures. Ms. Gay’s company, National Ballot Access, was also paid nearly $700,000 to collect signatures for Issue 6,” Denham said.

The case which went to court this week and was heard by a master of the court will now go before the Arkansas Supreme Court. They have until October 18 to make a ruling.

 

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