Arkansas Marijuana Proposal Could Lead to Local Fights

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press  on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 7:36 am  

The proposal on the ballot calls for allowing patients to buy marijuana from nonprofit dispensaries with a doctor's recommendation, but local governments also could ban the facilities. (Photo by

Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola, a former local prosecutor, is among those who are skeptical of the proposal. He said he will look at any restrictions the city can enact if voters approve it.

One of the chief opponents of the measure, Jerry Cox, said if the proposal passes, he will make it his priority to encourage the state Legislature to repeal the law. That would require a two-thirds vote in both the state House and Senate.

Cox, who heads the Family Council Action Committee, said he also will likely lobby local governments to ban the dispensaries.

"What you're dealing with is varying degrees of bad," he said. "Letting people grow their own and having dispensaries is worse than if we didn't have the dispensaries."

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