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McDaniel again rejects wording of marijuana proposal

By The Associated Press

This article was published December 24, 2013 at 8:39 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK — Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has again rejected the wording of a proposed ballot measure that would legalize marijuana in Arkansas.

McDaniel said Monday that there were ambiguities in the wording of a proposed constitutional amendment submitted by Marjorie LeClair of Shirley. McDaniel must certify the proposed amendment before supporters can begin gathering the signatures needed to place it on next year's ballot.

The proposal calls for repealing all state laws related to the cannabis plant.

McDaniel's letter to LeClair says the proposal had unclear language regarding how marijuana would be taxed.

McDaniel's office has approved language on two separate marijuana-related issues, allowing supporters to gather signatures in an effort to put the items on forthcoming ballots. Both proposals are related to the medicinal use of marijuana.

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2531USMC says... December 24, 2013 at 8:53 a.m.

Good grief, even the legislature can’t word a tax law that makes perfect sense… But they still keep passing them every time they are in session. Why won’t the AG just admit that he is opposed to any legislation which would legalize pot, or for that matter anything that falls under the old umbrella term of vice?

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HOTDEMN says... December 24, 2013 at 12:18 p.m.

Hemp was once one of the major crops grown and exported by Arkansas farmers. During WW2 the Dept of the Interior promoted hemp cultivation as a war material. A major difference between commercial hemp and "recreational" marijuana is that hemp doesn't have "a high in a carload". It's like smoking rope which is basicly what it is. Arkansas is shooting it's farmers (and citizens) in the head by not becoming the leader in American commercial hemp production. We are perfectly situated and suited for large (and small) scale hemp production that can be used for everything from building materials, fuel, fabric, food, medicine, paper etc. In fact America is one of only a few Countries that have a moritorium on hemp production.
The only reason it's not legal is because it threatens to replace oil and timber in the market place. But as usual the backwards, bible thumping hicks of Arkansas will swallow any lies the Carpetbaggers spread instead of actually finding out the truth.

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Popsmith says... December 24, 2013 at 12:49 p.m.

Just what we need: more prescription drug abuse.

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SUPERDUTY says... December 24, 2013 at 1:03 p.m.

I am not a lawyer but I will give this proposition a stab: Do you want marijuana to be legal? Check YES or NO. This only works if we are not too stupid to read, which all politicians think we are.

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HOTDEMN says... December 24, 2013 at 2:38 p.m.

" Popsmith says... December 24, 2013 at 12:49 p.m.
Just what we need: more prescription drug abuse. "

What we need are voters who will LOOK AT THE FACTS and not be swayed by indefensible lies spread by industry hatchet men or misguided conservatives with a moral axe to grind.
Legalizing hemp production would bring billions of much needed dollars in revenue to our state and cut crime and prison costs to the bone. The facts are out there, the figures are out there for anyone with enough sense to look at them. Or maybe Arkansas IS just a backwater dumping ground for ignorant hicks and we have the government we deserve.......

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... December 24, 2013 at 5:16 p.m.

Some of the best and durable clothing was made out of real hemp at one time. Hemp rope the strongest per cross section.

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