LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A proposal on next week's ballot that would make Arkansas the first state in the south to approve medical marijuana could also set off a series of fights in cities and counties on how to deal with its impact.
The proposed initiated act on the Nov. 6 ballot allows patients with qualifying conditions to buy marijuana from nonprofit dispensaries with a doctor's recommendation — but it also allows local governments to ban the facilities.
Local officials opposed to the measure are exploring that as a backup plan, but also say they're worried that the measure would lead to a proliferation of home-grown marijuana.
That's because the proposal would allow eligible patients to grow their own marijuana if they live more than five miles away from a dispensary.