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Ark NORML News- September 2015 Glen Schwarz- Pres. 2015 (501) 568-1598

Next Meeting- Thursday Sept. 17 at 6:30 pm at the Little Rock Main Library, 1st floor southwest meeting room.

  1. We will write letters to our State Reps asking for a marijuana decriminalization bill to be introduced in the next legislative session. Free legislative directories will be available.
  2. We will discuss handing out the flyer "Restoration of Voting Rights for felons in Arkansas", published by the Voter registrar of Pulaski County.
  3. A report on the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Initiative.  This petition is halfway to making the ballot.  According to Gary Fults, the group has gathered about 34,000 signatures in a purely volunteer effort since last September. They have 10 months to make 64,000 by July 8, 2016.
  4. Note election of Ark. NORML officers for 2016 is set for our next bi-monthly meeting: December 10, 2015.  Run for an office with this group and change the world!

The Arkansas Decriminalization of Marijuana Act

A Proposed Act: "To lessen the criminal penalties for simple possession of small amounts of marijuana."

Be it enacted by the legislature of the State of Arkansas:
Section 1: Arkansas Statute 5-64-401 is hereby amended by adding a new subsection as follows:

"(g) Any person who knowingly or intentionally is in unlawful possession of one ounce (28.4 grams) or less of marijuana is guilty of a violation, punishable by a fine of not more than $200.

(h) Simple possession of marijuana shall not form the basis for enhanced penalties."

Section 2: All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this act are hereby repealed.

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