• Medical marijuana measure approved for Arkansas ballot

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Arkansas election officials say a proposal to legalize medical marijuana has been approved for the November ballot, putting the issue before the state's voters for the second time in four years.
    The secretary of state's office said Thursday it had verified supporters of the proposed initiated act had turned in more than the 67,887 signatures from registered voters needed to qualify for the November ballot. The group behind the measure, Arkansans for Compassionate Care, says the state had verified 77,516 of the more than 117,000 signatures it submitted last month.
    Arkansas voters narrowly rejected a similar proposal to legalize medical marijuana in 2012. Another group is expected to submit signatures Friday for a competing medical marijuana proposal. That measure will need 84,859 valid signatures to make it on the ballot.

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