Arkansas activists fell short of the signature requirement to place a medical marijuana proposition on the November ballot, but they are already organizing to get the same measure on the 2016 ballot. The legislative session begins on January 12, 2015. Tell your State Senator and State Representative that you support reducing criminal penalties and medical cannabis. Find your representatives here.
Efforts are underway for a 2016 ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana for many chronic and debilitating diseases and conditions. The group leading the charge is Arkansans for Compassionate Care.
Criminal Penalties for Marijuana
In 2011, criminal penalties for marijuana were reduced through the legislature. Marijuana possession up to 4 ounces is a misdemeanor. Prior to 2011, a quantity greater than 1 ounce of marijuana was proof in court that the defendant had an intent to deliver, increasing from a misdemeanor to a felony sentence. A second conviction of a misdemeanor amount is automatically increased to a felony.
Currently, up to 4 ounces can land a person in jail for one year. A felony conviction may result in up to six years behind bars and $10,000 in fines.
RAMP does not have an Arkansas chapter. Help us launch one!