Recreational marijuana is prohibited in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (WMC) – In Arkansas, the hottest topic was probably recreational marijuana.

Votes slowly trickled in on Issue 4, a constitutional amendment that would make Arkansas the first state in the South to have a recreational marijuana program. However, with 56 percent of voters against this amendment, issue 4 did not pass.

There was a lot of uproar about it, and many prominent politicians such as Governor Asa Hutchinson came out against the amendment.

It was projected to generate $460 million in revenue over the next five years.

Those who oppose it worry that it will lead to mass consumption, which they say is a bad idea.

“We already have medical marijuana. I feel like if they really need it, they can get it that way and use it. If not, I don’t want to see it in every entertainment corner. That’s just my opinion,” West Memphis resident Travis Tarver said

Caldway, another Arkansas resident, is in favor.

“It’s as hard as alcohol or anything we’re already addicted to,” he said. “The marijuana industry currently funds the police, road development and schools.”

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