Rural Ark. counties oppose medical marijuana

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A failed proposal to legalize medical marijuana saw the strongest support in Arkansas' urban areas and in a handful of Mississippi Delta counties while rural areas overwhelmingly rejected the measure.

Complete but unofficial election returns show the strongest support in Pulaski and Washington counties, where 56 percent of voters supported the proposal. Voters in Carroll, Crittenden, Garland, Jefferson, Lee, Perry, Phillips and Woodruff counties also supported the measure.

But the proposal, which would have legalized medical marijuana to patients with qualifying conditions, was soundly rejected in rural areas.

In Boone, Cleveland, Howard, Pike, Sevier and White counties, at least 60 percent of voters opposed the proposal.

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