Activists on Monday afternoon turned in 74,406 signatures in 19 boxes of petitions to the Arkansas Secretary of State's office. This summer activists fell 26,000 short of the 62,507 valid signatures they need.
Melissa Fults, one of the effort's organizers, says she's "Pretty confident" voters will approve medical marijuana if it gets on the ballot. But it might not be so easy.
"The biggest obstacle is getting people educated...this is a compassionate campaign, it is for the patients who need it desperately," Fults said.
Advocates say medical marijuana is necessary to provide cancer patients and those in chronic pain with relief. Opponents believe marijuana is a gateway drug.
Alex Reed, spokesman for the Secretary of State's office, said he estimates it will take staffers about two weeks to review the petitions and validate the signatures.