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Rewritten Marijuana Proposal Again Rejected By Ag

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LITTLE ROCK -- State Attorney General Mike Beebe on Monday rejected, for the
third time, the ballot title and name of a proposed initiated act that would
legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes.

Beebe rejected similar proposals in October and November.

The attorney general wrote in Monday's opinion that the proposal was

Specifically, the opinion noted ambiguities in the wording dealing with how
the patient would get the marijuana. It also raised questions about the
wording used in detailing the identification card that would exempt people
from arrest if they possess marijuana.

The proposal that the Alliance for the Reform of Drug Policy in Arkansas
hopes to get before voters on Nov. 2, 2004, would allow physicians to advise
patients they would be candidates for marijuana use and would allow those
patients to possess at any given time up to six marijuana plants or one
ounce of processed marijuana.

Supporters say marijuana is effective for pain and nausea caused by severe
illnesses, including cancer.

Once the attorney general's office approves a proposal's popular name and
ballot title, supporters would then have until July 2 to collect the 64,465
signatures of registered voters needed to get an initiated act on the

Pubdate: Tue, 09 Dec 2003
Source: Arkansas News Bureau (US AR)
Copyright: 2003 Arkansas News Bureau
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