A number of people, including local “Cannabis News and Information” radio host Robert Reed, came together at the Arkansas State Capitol in Little Rock for a rally against cannabis prohibition.

Reed, who referred to the rally as a “why we need to end the prohibition of cannabis rally,” has been fighting to legalize marijuana in the Natural State for six years. Reed stated,

“We’re losing (Arkansas) in excess of $750 million dollars a year just on the industrial side.“

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Aside from the medical benefits of cannabis, Reed is pushing for support of the plant on the industrial side of things. Rally attendees learned that 250,000 hemp-based products are manufactured every year, but the raw hemp being used is grown outside of the United States:

“As you’ll see one of the tables up there has products on it – 100% of those products are planted, processed and grown outside the United States. The only thing we can do is sell the finished products.”

Other groups such as “National Weedstock” and “Twenty Veterans a Day” made an appearance at the rally to support the cause.

Signatures were collected to petition for a medical marijuana to be on the 2016 state ballot.

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photo credit: KATV

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