LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A proposal to ban the sale of medical marijuana food and drink products has failed in the Arkansas Senate after opponents said it would undermine a voter-approved initiative legalizing the drug for people with a host of ailments.

The Senate voted 15-11 in favor of the measure to ban so-called pot edibles, but it needed at least 24 votes to advance to the state House.

Republican Sen. Gary Stubblefield has said the move was needed to prevent dispensaries from selling pot-laced candy or other products that would be appealing to children. The Senate approved a motion that would allow him to bring the proposal up again later.

Arkansas voters in November approved a constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana. The state is set to begin accepting dispensary applications in July.