In his weekly column and radio address, Governor Asa Hutchinson responded to the recent removal of Issue 7 concerning medical marijuana from the November ballot, as well as other late-breaking disqualifications on the part of the Arkansas Supreme Court.
“It is unfortunate and ill-timed,” the governor said, “that the challenge…was decided so close to the General Election.”
The Court disqualified the issue yesterday after finding that not enough signatures had been gathered to support the proposed Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act. However, with such short notice, the issue was not taken off the physical ballot. Hutchinson commented that this will likely confuse voters, as the votes submitted for the issue will not be counted.
In response to this and other late removals such as the casino amendment and the tort reform amendment, Governor Hutchinson asserted that “it is necessary to move the deadline to file petitions with the Secretary of State,” in hopes that by doing so, the Court will be less likely to make changes such as the removal of Issue 7 at the last minute.