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AG Certifies Wording Of Proposal To Legalize Marijuana

LITTLE ROCK — Attorney General Dustin McDaniel on Wednesday certified the wording of a proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize marijuana in Arkansas.

The certification clears the way for the proposal’s sponsor, Robert L. Reed of Dennard, to begin collecting the 78,133 signatures of registered Arkansas voters needed to place the measure on the November ballot.

The proposal would amend the state constitution to state that the cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, sale, possession and use of the cannabis plant, or marijuana, and all products derived from the plant is permitted statewide. It would allow the state Legislature to regulate, but not prohibit, marijuana.

McDaniel had rejected earlier versions of the proposal.

Previously, McDaniel approved the wording of two proposed initiated acts that would legalize marijuana in Arkansas for medical purposes. Each of those measures requires 62,507 signatures of registered Arkansas voters to get on the November ballot.

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