Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and Washington D.C. have all legalized marijuana. Within the next two years, more that a dozen states could join that list. One of those states may be Arkansas, where a marijuana legalization initiative campaign is underway. The Arkansas Attorney General recently approved the ballot tile for the initiative, which is a big first step. Per KATV:
A group is spearheading a campaign to create a new constitutional amendment in Arkansas that would legalize marijuana - both for medicinal and recreational purposes. The group got approval from Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's office on the wording of their ballot title last week - now the group awaits approval the Secretary of State's office on the wording of their petition instructions.
Fred Porter, co-author of the Arkansas Hemp & Marijuana Amendment is probably the last person you think would be pushing for marijuana legalization. Porter is pastor at the Sabbath Day Church of God in Hot Springs, as well as vice president of Arkansas CALM, the Citizen's Alliance for the Legalization of Marijuana.
"We want it regulated, we want it made available and we think we have the very best amendment out there to do that," said Porter.
It's rapidly becoming easier to make a list of states that won't legalize marijuana by 2016, rather than a list of states that may succeed in reforming their marijuana laws. I'll be reaching out to the Arkansas campaign to see if they need help spreading their message. If you live in Arkansas, please do everything you can to help by volunteering and contributing to the campaign in anyway that you can.