LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Election officials say supporters of a measure to legalize medical marijuana in Arkansas have fallen short of a signature requirement but will be given 30 additional days to circulate more petitions.
The secretary of state's office said Friday the petitions by Arkansans for Compassionate Care fell short of the 62,507 signatures from registered voters needed to qualify for the November ballot. The petitions had cleared an initial rough count, so the group will have 30 additional days to gather more signatures.
A proposed constitutional amendment by professional poker player Nancy Todd to allow casinos in Arkansas cleared an initial rough count of signatures and officials will now begin verifying the signatures. A competing proposal by a Texas businessman didn't clear the initial count on Wednesday and won't make the ballot.
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