Arkansas medical marijuana supporters seek dismissal of lawsuit

LITTLE ROCK — A group pushing for the legalization of medical marijuana in Arkansas asked a judge Thursday to dismiss a lawsuit challenging its ballot measure on the issue.

Arkansans for Compassionate Care, whose proposed initiated act to legalize medical marijuana has been approved for the November ballot, filed motions with the Arkansas Supreme Court asking to be allowed to intervene in, and asking the court to dismiss, a suit filed Wednesday by a coalition of groups opposed to legalizing medical marijuana in the state.

The suit by Arkansans Against Legalizing Medical Marijuana against Secretary of State Mark Martin alleges that Martin improperly approved the measure’s ballot title and asks the Supreme Court to strike the measure from the ballot.

In its motion to dismiss Thursday, Arkansans for Compassionate Care said the suit makes legal conclusions but does not cite facts to show how specific parts of the proposal may be deficient.

“The court can and should simply say that we can’t tell what it is you are talking about, and we don’t have to do your research for you,” the measure’s supporters said in their motion.

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