Rep. Kathy Webb of Little Rock has said she’s voting for the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act

Rep. Kathy Webb of Little Rock has said she’s voting for the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act

Democratic Rep. Kathy Webb of Little Rock cast her ballot on Monday, the first day of early voting in Arkansas. According to The Associated Press, Webb reported that she voted “Yes” on the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act.

On the first day of early voting, Webb cast her ballot for the proposal that, if approved, would make Arkansas the first Southern state to legalize cannabis for medicinal purposes.

Webb, the only openly homosexual elected official in Arkansas, said she didn’t plan on actively campaigning for the measure. She is term-limited and not running for reelection, but said she would have voted for medical marijuana even if she was running for office.

The proposal, Issue 5, would allow patients with certain qualifying conditions to buy marijuana from nonprofit dispensaries with a doctor’s authorization.

“We’re absolutely delighted that Rep. Webb has shown her support for Issue 5,” said Chris Kell, campaign strategist with Arkansans for Compassionate Care. “This act will help thousands of seriously ill Arkansans have safe access to a medicine their doctor recommends.”

Arkansans for Compassionate Care is a coalition of concerned physicians, patients, and allies who agree that sick and dying patients should have access to medical marijuana with a doctor’s recommendation.

For thousands of chronically-ill Arkansans, the pain and nausea relief afforded by marijuana helps them live comfortably without harmful side effects. But marijuana is currently unregulated and not legally available.

Arkansans for Compassionate Care offers a better choice: controlled access to a medicine that is proven to be both safe and effective, especially against the debilitating effects of chronic illness and harsh medical treatments.

For more information, please visit www.arcompassion.com.

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