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Another group of Arkansas activists joins the fight to put marijuana legalization on the state’s 2022 ballot and tabled a new reform initiative Thursday.

Arkansans for Marihuana Reform has submitted the proposed constitutional amendment to the Foreign Minister. It would allow adults 21 and older to own up to four ounces of cannabis flowers and two ounces of concentrates, and to grow up to six mature marijuana plants and six seedlings for personal use.

The state Treasury and Administration Department would be responsible for regulating the program and issuing cannabis business licenses. You would need to issue at least one retail license for every 15,000 residents. No individual or corporation can have more than one cultivation license and one pharmacy license.

The courts would be required to provide relief to those with previous convictions for owning or selling up to 16 ounces of cannabis or six plants. However, you have some discretion as to whether the discharge constitutes a release from prison, the deletion of past records and / or the restoration of voting rights.

“That is the right thing. I think it’s a very good mid-level deal, ”said Melissa Fults, campaign director, Marijuana Moment in a phone interview. “I think it will serve the consumers, it will serve the industry well, and I think it will serve the people who don’t want to be consumers but are concerned.” [the market] be the Wild West. “

Arkansans for Marijuana Reform isn’t the only group keeping an eye on the 2022 vote for marijuana reform.

Late last month, a former Arkansas legislature began a campaign that also intends to put cannabis legalization on the state’s 2022 ballot. Eddie Armstrong, a Democrat who previously served as a minority leader in the state House of Representatives before stepping down in 2019, leads the newly formed Responsible Growth Arkansas advocacy group. However, the text of the campaign initiative has not yet been published.

A separate group of activists with Arkansas True Grass are already in the process of collecting signatures for a 2022 ballot paper initiative that would create a system of regulated sales for adults 21 and older that would allow them to purchase up to four ounces of cannabis and up to 12 Years to Be Plants for Personal Use.

“I just felt like I had no choice but to do this,” said Fults of Arkansans for Marijuana Reform. “I fought too long and too hard – and I just felt that this was the only way I could get involved and offer an initiative that would bring money into the state and create thousands of jobs, but still be fair.”

According to her group’s proposal, individual communities could ban commercial marijuana operations from settling in their jurisdiction if there is a majority vote on a citizens’ referendum.

Lawmakers could impose a tax on adult cannabis products – but not medical marijuana. There is no specific tax rate in the initiative, but it does state that revenue is earned after covering administrative costs between K-12 education and post-school programs (50 percent), University of Arkansas cancer research, and medical cannabis studies (40 percent) and the state treasury (10 percent).

Both True Grass and Arkansans for Marihuana Reform tried to put marijuana legalization initiatives on the 2020 ballot, but both campaigns got derailed by the coronavirus pandemic and failed to collect enough signatures within the deadline.

This despite a ruling by a federal judge in May 2020 that the foreign minister had to accept signatures that were not personally collected or notarized due to the overload that arose during the health crisis.

Meanwhile, activists across the country are working hard to bring drug policy reform to the electorate next year.

In South Dakota, for example, the Secretary of State approved activists to start a signature gathering to put a marijuana legalization initiative on the state’s 2022 ballot.

Oklahoma activists tabled two ballot paper initiatives in 2022 to legalize adult marijuana and transform the state’s existing medical cannabis program.

Nebraska marijuana activists have begun petitioning two complementary initiatives to legalize medical cannabis, which they will hopefully put on the state’s ballot in 2022.

Ohio activists collect signatures for a 2022 election initiative to legalize marijuana in the state.

Florida activists recently filed an election campaign to legalize marijuana for adult use.

New Hampshire legislature is pursuing a new strategy to legalize marijuana in the state, which is to put a proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot that voters can vote on in 2022.

Maryland lawmakers are also drafting laws to put a referendum on legalizing marijuana on the 2022 ballot after the House spokesman called for the move.

Missouri voters could see several marijuana initiatives on the state’s ballot for the next year, with a new group putting forward a legalization proposal for adult use that could compete with separate reform measures already in the works.

Activists in Idaho are working to promote separate measures to legalize recreational marijuana possession and create a system for the legal sale of medicinal cannabis. State officials recently cleared activists to collect signatures for a revised initiative to legalize marijuana possession that they plan to show voters for the 2022 ballot. Meanwhile, a separate campaign to legalize medical cannabis in the state is also underway, with advocates actively collecting signatures to qualify the measure for voting next year.

After a House of Representatives bill passed by the House of Representatives to legalize marijuana in North Dakota was rejected by the Senate, some senators forged a plan to move the issue forward by referring it to voters on the 2022 ballot. While her resolution was being put forward through a key committee, the entire Senate blocked her. However, activists from the North Dakota Cannabis Caucus group are collecting signatures to qualify a constitutional amendment to legalize cannabis for voting in 2022.

The Wyoming Attorney General released voting summaries for proposed initiatives to legalize medical marijuana and decriminalize cannabis possession, allowing activists to collect signatures to qualify for the 2022 election.

And it’s not just marijuana measures that reform activists want to qualify for state elections next year. A California campaign was recently approved to begin collecting signatures for an initiative to legalize psilocybin. And supporters in Washington state have announced that they will be putting a proposal to voters to decriminalize all drugs.

Read the text of the new Arkansas marijuana initiative below:

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