issue 4

After Issue 4’s failure, what’s next for recreational marijuana in Arkansas?

BY: and - November 9, 2022

*This story was updated on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 12 p.m. with additional comments from the chairman of Responsible Growth Arkansas. Arkansans on Tuesday soundly rejected a ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana, but advocates promise an improved proposal in 2024. The state was one of five in the U.S. voting on cannabis legalization, but […]

Ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana in Arkansas fails

BY: - November 8, 2022

This story was updated at 2:15 p.m, Nov. 9, to reflect the latest vote totals from the Arkansas Secretary of State’s website. The proposal to legalize recreational marijuana in Arkansas was rejected by voters on Tuesday after an opposition campaign from social conservatives and some cannabis proponents who disliked the strictness of Issue 4. The […]

An employee of a cannabis store speaks to people as they wait in line with menu boards on April 21, 2022, the first day of legal recreational marijuana sales in New Jersey. Voters approved the issue in 2020. (Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

Campaign for recreational marijuana in Arkansas breaks fundraising records; polls show cracks

BY: - November 3, 2022

*This story has been updated with comments from the director of the Arkansas Poll.  The campaign to legalize recreational marijuana in Arkansas is already the most expensive ballot initiative in Arkansas history. The sponsor of Issue 4, Responsible Growth Arkansas, reported Tuesday nearly $12.4 million in spending to pass the constitutional amendment. Even with a […]

The 60% question: Is Issue 4 Arkansas’ last shot at recreational marijuana?

BY: - November 2, 2022

For some voters, whether they’ll vote to legalize recreational marijuana in Arkansas next week comes down to one question.  Could 60% of Arkansas voters support marijuana legalization in a future election?  It’s this group of cannabis proponents that makes Issue 4 on the Nov. 8 ballot so interesting. They dislike Issue 4’s strict market structure […]

Little Rock police demands recreational marijuana group remove ad depicting officers

BY: - October 12, 2022

The City of Little Rock last week sent a cease-and-desist letter to the group sponsoring Arkansas’ recreational marijuana ballot initiative demanding the group take down an ad the city said depicted Little Rock police officers. Responsible Growth Arkansas in a response Friday declined to remove the ad and disagreed that it contained any insignia or […]

If approved, Arkansas’ recreational marijuana law would be tightest in U.S.

BY: - October 6, 2022

Arkansas would have the strictest recreational marijuana law in the U.S. if voters approve a constitutional amendment legalizing the drug next month. Nineteen other states have legalized cannabis for adult use, but Arkansas would be only the fourth to still outlaw growing the plants at home, an Advocate analysis of marijuana laws across the U.S. […]