McDaniel rejects ballot proposal to legalize marijuana


LITTLE ROCK — Attorney General Dustin McDaniel on Friday rejected the ballot title and popular name of a proposed constitutional amendment to repeal all anti-marijuana state laws.

In an advisory opinion, McDaniel said the measure submitted by Marjorie LeClair of Shirley states in its title that it would “amend the constitution of Arkansas to repeal all Arkansas laws pertaining to the cannabis plant,” but the text does not contain language that would do so.

“Your measure contains no operative language of the sort required in the text of a measure, instead merely reciting various objectives to be realized by changes you have failed to recite,” McDaniel wrote.

The attorney general noted that he has rejected similar proposals previously submitted by LeClair.

Last month, McDaniel certified a proposed initiated act by the group Arkansans for Responsible Medicine that would legalize marijuana for medical use. The group has until July 7, 2014, to collect 62,507 signatures of registered Arkansas voters in order to qualify its proposed initiated act for the November 2014 ballot.

McDaniel has rejected several other marijuana-related proposals in recent weeks.