Questions regarding marijuana’s legalization have circulated through every state’s legislature as more voters support medical and recreational use. Arkansas legalized medical marijuana back in November of 2016 and has seen several initiatives for recreational use since.
According to KAIT 8 News, an advocacy group recently resubmitted a new proposal for recreational use in order to expand their window for the appropriate amount of signatures.
Seeking signatures for 2024
The goal for this advocacy group is 170,000 in support of the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Reform Amendment of 2024. Recent health concerns and civil restrictions made getting signatures difficult.
Despite having medical marijuana in the title, the amendment likewise seeks to change the law regarding recreational legalization.
The amendment would legalize the possession of up to 5 ounces of recreational marijuana while also adjusting dispensary allowances. Each county would have at least one dispensary to allow patients better access. Dispensary limits would increase per 15,000 residents per county.
Another focus involves the expungement of past drug charges involving 16 ounces or less of marijuana.
Knowing marijuana laws in 2022
While advocacy groups gather signatures and policymakers debate law changes, marijuana drug charges still carry a heavy price for anyone facing them.
Possession up to 4 ounces is a misdemeanor for up to four drug convictions. This misdemeanor risks up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500. Repeat offenders risk a Class D Felony costing up to six years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.
These charges cost big, but liberty is priceless. People facing these charges may wish to investigate more into the subject or lean on resources to help defend against them.