recreational marijuana

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 […]

Ballot propositions in five states, including Arkansas, would legalize marijuana, adding to a growing list of states defying federal law. This photo is from the 2021 march in Washington against the federal laws that criminalize cannabis.(Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Weed on the ballot: Voters could approve legal marijuana in 5 more states

BY: - November 3, 2022

Midterm voters in five states will determine if they should join the growing list of places where recreational marijuana use is allowed, even as any use of the drug is still illegal under federal law. Referendums to legalize recreational use of marijuana are on Nov. 8 ballots in Arkansas, Maryland, Missouri, South Dakota and North […]

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 […]

Lt. Governor Tim Griffin and Democrat Jesse Gibson stand behind podiums on a stage

Attorney general candidates spar over abortion, recreational marijuana

BY: - October 19, 2022

During an Arkansas PBS debate Wednesday, Arkansas Attorney General candidates disagreed over Roe v. Wade, which affirmed a constitutional right to abortion in 1973. Democrat Jesse Gibson said the ruling was correct while Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin, a Republican, said the case was not properly decided. The U.S. Supreme Court overturned the case in June. […]

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. […]

Voters will decide recreational marijuana amendment, Arkansas high court rules

BY: - September 22, 2022

The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled Thursday that voters can decide in November whether to make recreational marijuana legal in the state. In a 20-page decision written by Justice Robin Wynne, the high court concluded 5-2 “that the ballot title at issue is complete enough to convey an intelligible idea of the scope and import of […]

UPDATE: Arkansas Groups voice concern about impact of recreational marijuana proposal on hemp

BY: - September 2, 2022

This story has been updated. It remains unclear if Arkansans will decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana at the ballot box in November, but some in the hemp industry are already concerned. For several weeks, hemp insiders have quietly raised questions about the language of the Arkansas Adult Use Cannabis Amendment, proposed by Responsible Growth […]

Arkansas pro-marijuana activists oppose latest recreational effort

BY: - August 16, 2022

The staunchest opposition to this year’s recreational marijuana ballot initiative comes from an unexpected group — Arkansas’ most prominent advocates for cannabis legalization. This band of activists is willing to wait at least another two years to transition the drug’s status in the state from strictly medical to recreational.  To them, a vote for the […]