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      Ark. medical marijuana backers raise $419K

      LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Supporters of a ballot measure to legalize medical marijuana in Arkansas are enjoying a fundraising advantage over opponents, but have burned through their cash quickly as next week's election approaches.

      Arkansans for Compassionate Care reported this week that it raised more than $419,000 in October for its campaign to legalize medical marijuana. The group spent about $406,000 during the month and had less than $17,000 cash on hand. The group has raised more than $708,000 overall for its campaign.

      Most contributions have come from the Marijuana Policy Project in Washington, which donated $400,000 last month.

      The two groups opposing the initiative raised much less. The Family Council Action Committee raised nearly $37,000 last month and spent more than $30,000. The Coalition to Preserve Arkansas Values raised $9,000 and spent $9,000.

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