LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Frustration was evident Thursday, as people vented online after the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled that Issue 7 should not have qualified for the November 8 election. They were upset for multiple reasons, and some of them are taking their feelings directly to the Supreme Court.
“They knew better,” Veronica McClane said. “They knew better and they did it anyway, and why did they do it?”
McClane said she was angry when the Supreme Court made its decision. After a few hours of waiting for someone else to put a protest together, she decided to do it herself.
“I don’t know where it was ever okay for the Supreme Court to take away votes that are being cast in an election,” she stated.
McClane believes medical marijuana should be legal in Arkansas. She said it took her a long time to distinguish between Issue 6 and Issue 7, but decided she preferred Issue 7 because it would provide more access to more people. But she also believes in the will of the people. More than 160,000 people had voted as of Thursday afternoon, and their votes might have made the difference in whether the two propositions passed or failed.
“Seven, obviously, is out the window,” she said. “Six, now people are confused. Maybe people voted for seven over six, and now, they would’ve voted for six.”
Governor Hutchinson said shortly after the Supreme Court announced its ruling that the law should be changed to move up the date by which petitions must be submitted. In that case, petitions would be verified earlier, allowing more time for the Supreme Court to hear arguments against them.
McClane said that should not matter. “You knew,” she said about the justices. “You knew your time limit, and yet you just disregarded it.”
Friday at noon, she will be in front of the Supreme Court building to let the court know how mad she is. A few dozen people said on the Facebook page she created that they would join her. Based on the more than 2,000 comments THV11 has received about medical marijuana in the last 48 hours, the crowd could be larger than that.
“Hopefully some other people show up, and we can be heard, our voices can be heard, since they’ve taken that right away by our vote,” she stated. “They just took that away. Somebody needs to hear us. This is not okay.”
Melissa Fults, who led the campaign to put Issue 7 on the ballot, said via text message that she would file an appeal of the court’s decision Friday. But even if it is successful, McClane believes it will be too late, that the damage is done.