Medical Pot Aims To Light Up Arkansas November Ballot
Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 08/14/2012 in Medical Marijuana Legalization
On Monday, a group of Arkansas drug reform and pro-marijuana advocates submitted a petition that possessed more than double the number of required signatures necessary for a medical marijuana initiative to qualify to be placed on the state’s ballot in November. The debate on medical marijuana in Arkansas will now be up to the voters.
Arkansans For Compassionate Care, the group responsible for setting up the petition, saw its second round of signatures for the petition on Monday. The first submission presented around 65,413 signatures, but half of which were deemed invalid and purged by the Secretary of State. The organizers of the event said that they even submitted an additional 74,000 signatures to ensure there would not be a third round to get this issue on the ballot before voters. Mind you, Arkansans For Compassionate care was only required to have fewer than 30,000 deemed valid, which they exceeded significantly.
Although it remains unclear whether or not voters in the state of Arkansas will approve the measure, nationwide polling in recent years has discovered that an overwhelming majority of Americans are in favor of legalizing marijuana for medicinal use. A Gallup Poll conducted last year also showed that nearly fifty percent of Americans now support the full legalization of marijuana. Unfortunately for Arkansas, it is a state where Republican colors run deep and Republicans are the last ones to deem medical marijuana a lawful cause to indulge in smoking the “drug”. Another poll recently conducted showed nearly seventy-four percent of Americans agreeing in unison that the federal government should not interfere with states’ laws on medical marijuana.
It is not a lie when you hear people constantly reiterating the fact that marijuana boasts great medicinal benefits, and the American Nurses Association, the Lymphoma Foundation of America and the AIDS Action Council have all sided with that fact. They all agree that marijuana is extremely useful in treating symptoms of numerous conditions and diseases such as multiple sclerosis, AIDS, wasting syndrome and chronic nausea that is caused by chemotherapy. If the opinions of these groups do not even begin to phase your opinion, then how about the nation’s largest association of physicians endorsing further research into marijuana’s medicinal benefits? The American Medical Association endorsing these studies is opening up doors that can lead to the development of many new medicines and possible solutions to those who are in pain. Although it is obvious that the direct inhalation of marijuana is not the most optimal method of ingestion of the drug, the notable group will continue to dedicate its hours of research to further grow the body of scientific knowledge in pertinence to marijuana.
The fate of medical marijuana in Arkansas will come down to the voters of the state, a move that is criticized but right when speaking in terms of morality. The state should allow its registered voters and residents to decide this controversial issue and allow them to potentially set in place a successful medical marijuana program. There are many individuals suffering out there that are not being properly treated by prescription opiates, and medical marijuana may be there last resort. To the voters in Arkansas: do what’s right and don’t deny the privilege of alternative medicine to those who need it most. If it’s not for you, that’s fine, but to those who have this as their last option and beacon of hope – do not deny them the right to enjoy life without pain.