More signatures submitted on Arkansas medical marijuana plan

More signatures submitted on Arkansas medical marijuana plan

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Supporters of a plan to legalize medical marijuana in Arkansas have turned in additional signatures in hopes of qualifying for the November ballot.

Arkansans United for Medical Marijuana need 84,859 valid signatures to make it onto the ballot this year. Secretary of State Mark Martin's office has already verified 72,309 signatures, and the group was given extra time to submit the additional signatures.

The proposal's sponsor, David Couch, says he turned in nearly 35,000 additional signatures Friday. Couch says he's confident the measure will qualify for a public vote.

The proposal would allow patients with certain medical conditions and a doctor's recommendation to buy marijuana from dispensaries. A competing medical marijuana proposal has already qualified for the ballot.

Arkansas voters narrowly rejected legalizing medical marijuana in 2012.

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