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2nd marijuana, casino initiative to appear on Nov. ballot if they have signatures or not

A second medical marijuana initiative and an initiative to allow casinos in Arkansas will appear on the November ballot whether they are deemed to have enough signatures to qualify for the ballot or not. (MGN Online)

A second medical marijuana initiative and an initiative to allow casinos in Arkansas will appear on the November ballot whether they are deemed to have enough signatures to qualify for the ballot or not.

Both Arkansans United for Medical Marijuana and Arkansas Wins fell short of the signatures needed to get their proposals on the November ballot when they submitted their signatures before the July 9 deadline, but qualified for additional time to gather signatures.

The Secretary of State’s Office is still going through additional signatures submitted by both groups that are needed in order for each proposal to qualify for the November ballot.

According to a spokesperson for the Arkansas Secretary of State, the deadline for the Secretary of State's Office to certify ballot issues for the 2016 General Election was Thursday, August 25.

Because the Secretary of State’s Office was not able to verify the additional signatures for either ballot issue before the deadline, both "have been certified to the ballot and assigned a number," according to the Secretary of State’s Office spokesperson.

If either is not "deemed sufficient," it will still appear on the ballot, but the votes will not be reported.

The Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act has already been verified and will appear on the November ballot.

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