Arkansas AG rejects marijuana proposal

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has rejected the wording of a proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize the possession and sale of small amounts of marijuana in Arkansas.

McDaniel on Tuesday rejected the wording of the proposed legalization amendment submitted by Little Rock attorney John Wesley Hall. McDaniel must certify the measure before Hall can gather the 78,133 signatures required to place the measure on next year's ballot.

Hall's proposal would recognize a "right to privacy" to possess up to four ounces of marijuana and would allow the state to regulate and tax the sale, distribution and use of that amount of marijuana. McDaniel cited several ambiguities in the language of the ballot measure.

Voters last year rejected a proposal that would have legalized medical marijuana in Arkansas.