LITTLE ROCK (KATV) - After Tuesday's elections, 18 states plus the District of Columbia now allow marijuana for medical use.
Arkansas voters decided not to join them, though. The final count came out much closer than most polls predicted, ending around 48 percent in favor, 52 percent against.
Issue 5 sought to legalize the drug for medical use even though marijuana remains illegal in the eyes of the federal government. Arkansas would have been the first southern state to approve such a measure. Instead, we join South Dakota as the only state where voters have said, "no," to medical marijuana.
Jerry Cox with the Arkansas Family Council credited several high profile voices for leading to the measure's defeat.
"I can't say enough about the fact that the governor came out against it, the attorney general, Congressman Tim Griffin, the Arkansas Medical Society, the Chamber of Commerce, the Chiefs of Police, the Sheriff's Association; the list just goes on and on."
Both Colorado and Washington state took the legalization of marijuana a step further Tuesday, approving cannibas for recreational use. It remains to be seen what, if any, response the federal government will have to this development.
Click here for a full list of Tuesday night's results.