Setback for Medical Pot Push in Arkansas (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press  on Sunday, Jul. 13, 2014 5:58 pm  

Arkansans for Compassionate Care announced last week that it had gathered only 51,000 signatures in its attempt to place the medical marijuana issue on the ballot. The group needed 62,507. (Photo by

Fults said her group is now shifting its focus to getting medical marijuana on the ballot in 2016, a year that will feature a presidential election and another potentially high-profile expensive Senate race. She said they're trying to learn from this year's experience by spending the coming months building up a more extensive base of volunteers to work on signature gathering ahead of the 2016 campaign.

"We're here for the long haul," Fults said. "We're not going to walk away."

Andrew DeMillo has covered Arkansas government and politics for The Associated Press since 2005. Follow him on Twitter at

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