Arkansas Attorney General Rejects Marijuana Legalization Ballot Measure Over "Poor Wording"

Sixth time the Democrat's rejected a marijuana-related ballot measure


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Supporters of marijuana legalization in Arkansas can't even start to collect the nearly 80,000 signatures needed to get the question of legalization on the ballot after Arkansas' attorney general, Democrat Dustin McDaniel, rejected a proposed ballot measure for a second time. McDaniel claimed it was unclear whether the measure, which called for a repeal of all state marijuana laws, would also preclude the state from passing new marijuana laws. Though the answer seems like an obvious no, I'm not the person Arkansas voted for to be the legal mind of the state. 

A little more than a month ago McDaniel rejected a ballot measure for medical marijuana legalization, the sixth time he had done so. Previous measures were rejected for ambiguity too, including one where McDaniel wasn't sure the definition of marijuana was clear enough. The attorney general did approve a different medical marijuana ballot measure, which would not allow users to grow their own. The measures he rejected, and the one 52 percent of Arkansas voters voted against last November, did. There may be up to five other measures related to marijuana seeking certification to start the process of getting on the ballot in 2014.

Separately, McDaniel is the kind of nanny statist that wants the feds to step in and regulate e-cigarettes, which are hardly harmful.

The attorney general in Ohio also recently rejected a ballot measure on medical marijuana, saying he wasn't sure whether its summary was "truthful."

More Reason on marijuana ballot initiatives here.