Arkansas won't count votes cast on medical marijuana issue

Published: Oct. 28, 2016 at 7:54 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 29, 2016 at 2:54 AM CDT
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MILLER COUNTY, AR (KSLA) - Amid early voting this week in Arkansas, the state Supreme Court disqualified 1 of the 2 ballot initiatives seeking to legalize medical marijuana.

That found Miller County election officials busy making changes for ballot Issue 7, the Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act.

And it means voters still are able to voice their opinion on the issue but their votes will not be counted, Miller County election coordinator Linda Crawford said.

Charles Wood was one of the many in line for early voting when the Arkansas Supreme Court ruling came down.

"They shouldn't even have it on the ballot if it is not going to count. If it is not going to count, don't even put it on there."

Crawford said the court's decision came too late to change the physical ballots.

"There are many deadlines that we, as poll locations and poll workers, have to meet. And those issues were not off at that particular time."

The Medical Cannabis Act would have let Arkansa citizens grow their own marijuana under special circumstances.

Still on Arkansas voters' ballots is Issue 6, the Medical Marijuana Amendment.

If approved, it would legalize the sale of marijuana from designated sites for medical purposes.

Meantime, election officials encourage those who have not voted to do their homework on the different ballot issues before coming to the polls. Doing so will cut down on any confusion, particularly in light of any late ballot changes, they said.

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