In August, Arkansas state officials announced that a proposed ballot measure to legalize recreational cannabis received enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot.
However, the State Board of Election Commissioners then proceeded to turn down the initiative from Responsible Growth Arkansas. The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled in September that voters can decide whether to legalize recreational cannabis, after all, overturning a decision by the Board of Election Commissioners.
While support among Arkansans was substantial initially despite powerful opposition from the state’s governor and conservative officials who attempt to convince voters to say ‘NO’ to the cannabis legalization initiative, as midterms approach, the sentiment is changing.
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A new survey by Talk Business & Politics-Hendrix College revealed that support has dropped, with roughly 51% of those asked saying they support the cannabis measure. On the contrary, the number of those who are against it is on the rise, as evidenced by 37% of poll participants who said they oppose the cannabis policy reform, reported Marijuana Moment.
Meanwhile, in addition to Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) and U.S. Sens. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and John Boozman (R-AR), who are tireless in urging voters to vote against the legalization measure, David Couch, the attorney behind the state’s medical marijuana amendment, is working to defeat recreational cannabis legalization efforts as well.
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Jerry Cox, executive director of the church-based Family Council Action Committee recently revealed that the committee has distributed roughly a half-million flyers undermining the efforts of marijuana activists. Couch is currently touring the state and meeting with church groups, chambers of commerce, as well as other groups and organizations that are against the proposed marijuana policy change.
This article originally appeared on Benzinga and has been reposted with permission.