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One marijuana proposal rejected, another seeking signatures for election

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LITTLE ROCK (KATV) -- Although the Arkansas attorney general's office recently rejected wording for a proposed amendment to legalize marijuana in the state, another proposal may still make the November ballot.

Twenty states, including Washington, D.C., have some sort of law that makes marijuana legal, and multiple groups are working to add Arkansas to the list.

One of them already has a petition in place, while another is still trying to implement the correct wording.

In a recent release by the attorney general's office, a ballot proposal by Arkansans for Medical Cannabis was shot down because of continuous wording issues. In the office's release it stated ambiguous details in the proposal included unclear definitions of legal residents and who would regulate all usage.

Another group, Arkansans for Compassionate Care, had its proposal approved and is out seeking petition signatures.

"What we strictly want to do is allow people to have legal access to their medical marijuana, their medical cannabis," said Gary Fults, the group's president. "Other states have gone for adult use, that's not us."

Fults' group received the necessary signatures in 2012 to get the measure on the ballot and it's hitting the homestretch once again to try and put together the required 62,507 signatures.

"From now until July we'll collect 99 percent of our signatures," Fults said, expecting to be at a majority of the major springs festivals.

Arkansans for Compassionate Care is working to get back on the ballot after losing by a small margin of less than two percent in the last election.

"I don't think it's a political issue, I don't think it's a religious issue, I think it's just a people issue."

It's expected the proposal shot down will have to be more centrally focused before it can proceed with a petition.

As for Arkansans for Compassionate Care, it has until July 7 to put together the required signatures.

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