ACC will not submit medical marijuana act for 2014 election

LITTLE ROCK (KATV) - Arkansans for Compassionate Care will not submit the Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act to the Secretary of State to be placed on the ballot for the 2014 election. Volunteers from across the state collected nearly 80% of the required signatures, but time constraints prevented them from reaching the ballot. "Our volunteers have done an amazing job, but we just didn't have enough time or fundingand we faced some unique challengesstarting with crafting a stronger initiative that protects patients and the State better," said Melissa Fults, Campaign Director for the AMCA. "The approval process took time, but it was worth it." Plans to start back are in progress now with hopes to start collecting signatures for 2016 by early September. "We hope to be more accessible this time around," said Fults. "If you want to help or sign, please visit our web site and find out how to participate." Arkansans for Compassionate Care Arkansans for Compassionate Care is a coalition of concerned patients and allies who agree that sick and dying patients should have access to medical cannabis with a doctor's recommendation. For thousands of chronically-ill Arkansans, the pain and nausea relief afforded by cannabis helps them live comfortably without harmful side effects. But cannabis is currently unregulated and not legally available. Arkansans for Compassionate Care offers a better choice: controlled access to a medicine that is proven to be both safe and effective, especially against the debilitating effects of chronic illness and harsh medical treatments.