ARKANSAS: Change MARIJUANA to CANNABIS in state constitution and regulatory bodies
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In November 2016, Arkansas voters stood up and said "YES" to medical cannabis! It was a monumental event that effectively made our state the first in the South, but with a catch. The wording: The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment. The problem with this, while the term "marijuana" is familiar, it's a slang term and a derogatory one at that. The scientific name for this plant is "cannabis" and we should refer to it as such.
The purpose of this petition is to raise awareness within the state and ultimately persuade state legislators to make this vital correction.
Bill 786 was recently introduced in Hawaii with a concise explanation of this issue:
"The legislature finds that the term "marijuana" originated as a slang term to describe the genus of plants that is scientifically known as cannabis. "Marijuana" has no scientific basis but carries prejudicial implications rooted in racial stereotypes from the early twentieth century era when cannabis use was first criminalized in the United States. The term "cannabis" carries no such negative connotations and is a more accurate and appropriate term to describe a plant that has been legalized for medicinal use in Hawaii, twenty-seven other states, the District of Columbia, and the United States territories of Guam and Puerto Rico."
We the People of Arkansas, call upon our state legislatures to amend the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment of 2016 to replace the word "marijuana" with "cannabis" from all sections and titles of the Amendment, as well as, all regulatory bodies.
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