LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Arkansas voters have rejected a proposal to legalize medical marijuana in the state.
Issue 5 on the Nov. 6 ballot would have let doctors give patients permission to purchase medical marijuana.
Backers say marijuana is sometimes the only drug that can relieve the suffering brought on by chemotherapy and other medical conditions.
Opponents argue that the measure is a back-door approach toward full legalization and that medical marijuana is bound to fall into the hands of unauthorized users.
As of 1:30 a.m., 91% of the precincts had reported and the measure had 52% of the vote against it and 48% in favor of it.
To view Issue 5 in its entirety, click here.
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