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Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment passes


Issue 6, the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment, has been passed by Arkansas voters. (KATV graphic)
Issue 6, the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment, has been passed by Arkansas voters. (KATV graphic)
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Issue 6, the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment, has been passed by Arkansas voters.

Family Council President Jerry Cox released the following statement after amendment passed:

This fight is not over. The battle now shifts to the Arkansas Legislature.
A clever and grossly misleading advertising campaign funded by the marijuana industry deceived enough people into voting for a measure that is recreational marijuana masquerading as medicine. Hundreds of thousands of otherwise healthy people will soon qualify to use marijuana recreationally. It puts our children in harm’s way while a handful of businessmen get rich selling everything from marijuana candy to rolled joints as‘medicine.’ We plan to fight tooth and nail to protect Arkansans from the consequences of this amendment.
We have to find a way to mitigate the harm done when tons of so-called ‘medical marijuana’ are injected into our communities, our schools, and the workplace.

Arkansas has become the first state in the Bible Belt to legalize medical marijuana.

With their approval of Issue 6 on Tuesday, voters will allow patients with a variety of medical conditions and a doctor's permission to buy marijuana from dispensaries. Patients won't be allowed to grow their own.

Some political leaders said they preferred that Arkansas legislators instead allow a version of the drug that is low in THC, which gives marijuana its high.

More than half of the states have now legalized medical marijuana.

A separate marijuana question had been approved but Arkansas' Supreme Court last month directed that votes not be counted. Justices said the petition lacked enough valid signatures.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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