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Independent, bipartisan poll shows support stronger for nonprofit medical cannabis act than
for limited, for-profit option

Bolstered by a new poll, concerned patients and supporters of the Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act (AMCA) — which has already been certified to appear on the November ballot — are calling on the for-profit group, Arkansans United for Medical Marijuana to forego turning in any remaining signatures on their initiated amendment, inviting them to join their team instead.

The poll, released on Thursday indicates a clear advantage for the not-for-profit AMCA, but having two medical cannabis initiatives on the ballot could be more challenging. The numbers show broad support for cannabis testing, hardship cultivation, low-income access, and Health Department oversight — and for the ability for rural Arkansas patients, who live far from a dispensary, to cultivate a limited number of plants of their own.

While the vast majority (80 percent) of Arkansans support medical cannabis, more voters support the Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act (67 percent) than the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment (59 percent), according to the poll.

Arkansans for Compassionate Care is holding a news conference with five key patients to publicly ask David Couch, Cheney Pruett and Jason Polk — sponsors and backers of the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment — what about their initiative could be worth challenging the success of medical cannabis in the upcoming election.

  • WHAT: News Conference calling on Arkansans United for Medical Marijuana to withdraw their initiative
  • WHEN: Friday, August 5, 2016, 1 PM CT
  • WHERE: Arkansas State Capitol Building Rotunda
  • WHO: Arkansans for Compassionate Care Campaign, Patients
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