Sep 092015
 September 9, 2015

Arkansas medical marijuanaArkansas came close to legalizing medical marijuana in 2012. Arkansas Issue 5 (medical marijuana) lost on Election Day 2012 51.44% to 48.56%. The campaign did an amazing job at spreading awareness, and getting out the vote. Unfortunately Arkansas was just too hard of a place at the time to achieve reform. But here we are nearing the end of 2015, and the political climate for medical marijuana in Arkansas has changed quite a bit. A recent poll found overwhelming support for medical marijuana reform in Arkansas. Per Marijuana Business Daily:

Arkansas could become a pioneering medical cannabis state in the South if a potential ballot initiative to legalize MMJ qualifies for the 2016 general election.

At this point, support for such a measure appears high: A poll released last week found that 84% of registered voters in the state support the idea of allowing adults to use marijuana for medical reasons if a doctor prescribes it.

The poll represents a relatively small slice of the population, as it includes the responses of just 400 registered voters evenly split between Republicans, Democrats and independents. The margin of error is roughly 5%.

While I do feel that 84% may be a little high, I still think that the level of support for medical marijuana in Arkansas is at an all-time high, and is more than enough to push an initiative over the top if it appears on the 2016 ballot. If you want to see that happen, which I think we all do whether we live in Arkansas or not, consider making a donation to the Arkansas campaign.

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  9 Responses to “Overwhelming Support For Medical Marijuana In Arkansas”

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    Any poll that is evenly split between D’s and R’s in Arkansas has made a fatal mistake.

    Putting this on the ballot in a Presidential election year might give it the boost it needs to get over the top, since more Democrats are likely to show up to vote.

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      Actually, Democrats retain a large advantage in party registration in Arkansas: http://www.gallup.com/poll/114016/state-states-political-party-affiliation.aspx
      Of course, how someone is registered and how they vote doesn’t always line up, and Arkansas is one of the Southern states where people are most likely to still be registered as Democrats, but vote Republican, due to the changing political positions of the parties in the past 80 years.
      What’s surprising, then, is that there weren’t MORE registered Democrats in the sample. Perhaps some people forgetting they’re still nominally registered as Democrat? My bigger problem with the poll is the small sample size; they should have polled at least 600 people to reduce the margin of error. At least it was conducted with live interviewers; robodialed polls are even worse.

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    All the data needed to make an informed decision on cannabis legalization can be found at the CDC web site. Nothing complicated or hard to understand.

    Figures directly from the CDC dot gov web site on
    numbers of deaths per year in the USA.

    * Prescription Drugs: 237,485 + 5000 traffic fatalities
    * Tobacco: 390,323
    * Alcohol: 88,013 + 16,000 traffic fatalities
    * Cocaine: 4,906
    * Heroin: 3,365
    * Aspirin: 466
    * Acetaminophen (Tylenol): 179
    * Marijuana: 0, none, not a single fatal overdose in all medical history and almost no traffic problems.

    So, which is safer????

    Legalize it, regulate it, TAX it!

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    We need immediate action at the Federal level as well. Americans, including American Children, are suffering and dying — needlessly.
    That’s horrifying and disgusting. We need the President to get Marijuana removed from Schedule 1 immediately.

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      Typical Presidential Action: Gets real with Climate Change and simultaneously open the Arctic to oil. If he “approves” MM, he’ll follow it up with the Death Penalty for recreational users. Keep it real.

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    Iam being denied pain meds and a much needed surgery for 7 months now just because I failed a drug test.I have Hep.C,a very painful Eye disease and chronic migraines. I have a hernia in my belly and some female issues I have been waiting to have surgery since April.The war for me is not over.I am in pain and I think it is crazy that you have to urinate in a cup to get pain pills or even a shot for a migraine.I am I still in the U.S.A.

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      by the way the only thing I had in my system was mj and I was on 120 hydros and 90 val a month for the last 5 years.gone cold turkey.

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    I’m ready to vote YES!

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