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Ark. House hopefuls split on medical marijuana

Republican Congressman Tim Griffin says he opposes a measure on Arkansas' ballot that would legalize medical marijuana, splitting with the three rivals seeking to unseat him in next month's election.

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) — Republican Congressman Tim Griffin says he opposes a measure on Arkansas' ballot that would legalize medical marijuana, splitting with the three rivals seeking to unseat him in next month's election.

A proposed initiated act on the Nov. 6 ballot would allow patients with qualifying conditions to buy marijuana from nonprofit dispensaries.

Griffin said in a debate Tuesday that legalizing the drug for some medical conditions would put the state down a "dangerous path."

Democratic challenger Herb Rule said he generally supports medical marijuana, but said he wasn't sure if he'd vote for the act. Green Party candidate Barbara Ward and Libertarian Chris Hayes said they support the initiated act.

If approved, the measure would make Arkansas the first southern state to legalize medical marijuana.

 

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