Web Extra: Group Seeks To Put Medical Marijuana On November Ballot Again

Fayetteville -- (KNWA) Shops are popping up in The Boulder State for recreational marijuana. Could this ever happen in The Natural State?

There is a group pushing to legalize medical marijuana in Arkansas.

"The only thing I hope can come from that (Colorado) is hopeully people will continue to research marijuana in general and how it can be used medicinally. As far as that goes, it's two completely different situations. We are strictly for medical," said Emma Yingling with Arkansans for Compassionate Care.

Yingling said what's happening in Colorado is not what the group is trying to do here.

"I'm interested in patients safe access to a medicine that will save their life," she said.

In 2012, Arkansans for Compassionate Care did have a spot on the November ballot. The measure failed by a few percentage points. So, the group is trying again under a new name - The Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act.

"We have until July to collect the 52,507 signatures to be on the ballot. Once that happens, we will use the next couple of months to educate the population and really try to get out the vote," said Yingling.

The group has 9,000 to 10,000 to get until July.

The hardship cultivation clause and the affordability clause are both new additions this time around.

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