Arkansas Supreme Court clears way for medical marijuana ballot initiative Keith Herting at 3:13 PM ET
[JURIST] The Arkansas Supreme Court [official website] announced Thursday that it would allow a ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana [JURIST news archive] on the November ballot. The decision [text, PDF] came as part of a lawsuit brought by the Coalition to Preserve Arkansas Values (CPAV) which fought the inclusion of the measure on the ballot based on the theory that the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act [initiative text] was "insufficient" as the full ballot title of the act is 384 words long and that "voters will not have adequate time in the voting booth to be reasonably advised on the impact of the Act." CPAV also claimed that the initiative failed to define all the integral key terms and would have been contrary to the US and Arkansas state constitutions. In denying the claims made by the CPAV, the court said "popular name and ballot title are an intelligible, honest, and impartial means of presenting the Act to the people for their consideration" and that it was free of "misleading tendencies or partisan coloring." The court also declared it would not consider CPAV's claims of unconstitutionality that are based entirely on hypothetical situations which might arise if the initiative were enacted. Arkansas would be the first state in the south to legalize medical marijuana if the initiative passes in November.
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