Medical marijuana petitioners out in full force at Riverfest

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - You can always count on Riverfest to bring out the characters from the unusual to the expected. There's always a crowd that's now including petitioners.

Each year Riverfest draws more than 200,000 people to Little Rock. Among them are thousands of registered voters. That makes the music festival a fertile ground for petitioners looking to get bills on the November ballot, and supporters of medical marijuana were out in full force.

A bill that could allow people to use marijuana medically is only 62,507 votes away from getting to the November ballot. The catch is that petitioners only have 35 days to get those signatures, leaving them reaching out towards the state's biggest festival for help.

"All of those people are going to be on this street, so if you have 40 or 50 canvassers on this street, I mean it's not rocket science," explained Melissa Fults. "I was out there the other night for three hours and got 150 signatures. People want to sign, there's not a lack of people wanting to sign."

There isn't a lack of support from the festival, either, which has set up a tent to help shade the petitioners from the sun. So far they've gotten a strong support from concert-goers, racking up 7,000 signatures since Friday.

So even though Riverfest is used to bring fun to the masses, this year those masses could help incite change.

The group said it expected to collect more than 7,000 signatures Sunday night alone. When asked if they think they could reach the 62,000 signature minimum, without hesitation they said "yes".

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