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Fults stops signature push for marijuana amendment, will instead work to defeat industry-backed effort

Arkansas Marijuana Advocate Melissa Fults dropped its efforts to put a constitutional amendment legalizing recreational marijuana on the ballot this year. Instead, she said she would devote her time to defeating a well-funded amendment backed by the state’s marijuana growers.

Fults said she ended her campaign for the 2022 Arkansas Marijuana Amendment after it became apparent she would not get the required 89,151 verified signatures by the deadline. July 8. Fults said she’s already looking at 2024, when she plans to introduce another amendment to open up access to cannabis in Arkansas.

That leaves two cannabis-related amendments still in effect for the 2022 ballot. Arkansas True Grass filed a constitutional amendment called the Arkansas Recreational Marijuana Amendment of 2022. The effort appears to lack funding or visibility.

Responsible Growth Arkansas, however, is leading a well-funded, industry-supported campaign to pass the Arkansas Adult Use Cannabis Amendment. Led by former state legislator Eddie Armstrong, Responsible Growth Arkansas has raised $1.82 million in donations as of March 31, according to records from the Arkansas Ethics Commission. Five of the eight growers in the state offered $350,000 each for a total of $1.75 million.

Fults said she had hoped that some members of the Arkansas marijuana industry would financially support her 2022 initiative, but that the considerable influence and resources of the Responsible Growth Arkansas team…

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