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Arkansas Recreational Marijuana Initiative (2020)

The Arkansas Recreational Marijuana Initiative was not on the ballot in Arkansas as an initiated constitutional amendment on November 3, 2020.

Contents

  • 1 Measure design
  • 2 Text of measure
    • 2.1 Popular name
    • 2.2 Full text
  • 3 Path to the ballot
    • 3.1 The state process
    • 3.2 Details about this initiative
  • 4 See also
  • 5 External links
  • 6 Footnotes

Measure design

This measure would have legalized marijuana use for individuals 21 years of age and older regardless of residency. [1]

Text of measure

Popular name

The popular name for this initiative would have been as follows: [1]

Arkansas Recreational Marijuana Amendment of 2020 [2]

Full text

The full text of the measure is available here.

Path to the ballot

The state process

In Arkansas, the number of signatures required to qualify an initiated constitutional amendment for the ballot is equal to 10 percent of the votes cast for governor in the most recent gubernatorial election. Proponents must collect signatures equaling at least half of the designated percentage of gubernatorial votes in at least 15 of the state’s counties. There is no limit on how long an initiative petition can be circulated. Signature petitions must be submitted four months prior to the election at which the measure is to appear. According to a law approved by the state legislature in 2019 as an emergency taking immediate effect, initiative ballot titles and popular names are certified by the board of election commissioners (rather than the attorney general) after signatures are submitted (rather than before).

The requirements to get initiated constitutional amendments certified for the 2020 ballot:

  • Signatures: 89,151 valid signatures were required.
  • Deadline: The deadline to submit signatures was July 3, 2020.

If the secretary of state certifies that enough signatures were submitted in a petition, the initiative is put on the ballot. If a petition fails to meet the signature requirement, but the petition has at least 75 percent of the valid signatures needed, petitioners have 30 days to collect additional signatures or demonstrate that rejected signatures are valid.

Ballotpedia: The Encyclopedia of American Politics