Opponents of proposed Arkansas amendment that would legalize recreational marijuana raise $1.8M in AugustPosted by On

Committees opposing a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize recreational marijuana received more than $1.8 million in donations in August, according to financial reports filed this week.

The ballot question committees are at the center of a campaign as to whether voters should approve a constitutional amendment to legalize recreational marijuana for adults. Whether the referendum stays on the November ballot is a question being considered by the Arkansas Supreme Court. Campaign finance reports from the committees for August were due Thursday.

Safe and Secure Communities, which opposes recreational marijuana, raised $1.75 million in August, with all of it from two donors. The group currently had $1.93 million in cash on hand as of its latest filing.

Safe and Secure Communities is based in Downers Grove, Ill., with the stated goal of educating the public about the consequences of legalizing marijuana for personal use, according to one of its filings. The group lists Michael McCauley as its treasurer. Safe and Secure Communities, along with Save Arkansas from Epidemic, have joined the legal case as third-party intervenors to keep the recreational marijuana question off the November ballot.

Ronald M. Cameron, chairman of Mountaire Corp., gave $1 million to Safe and Secure Communities in August. Cameron, a Republican Party donor from Little Rock, has donated a total of $1.25 million to Safe and Secure Communities. He has previously donated millions of dollars over the…

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