LITTLE ROCK (KFSM) — After rejecting a marijuana ballot title and popular name for several months, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has certified the amendment.
The amendment, sponsored by Mary Berry, would provide regulations for industrial hemp, permitting purchases and possession and cultivation of recreational and medical marijuana under state law. The popular name, The Arkansas Cannabis Amendment, was certified as well by Rutledge on Monday (April 25).
The ballot title also mentioned that only those 21 years or older would be permitted to cultivate and produce limited amounts of marijuana, provided that the licensed person cultivate only up to 36 cannabis plants in a location not subject to public view.
The ballot title stated that the General Assembly could enact a 5 percent excise tax, along with a standard sales tax, on all recreational marijuana sales.
It is estimated that proposal will need about 85,000 signatures in order to be placed on the November ballot.