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Signatures for recreational marijuana proposal in Arkansas approved

The Secretary of State issued a notification of sufficiency on Tuesday for the proposed constitutional amendment for recreational marijuana in Arkansas.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Supporters of a recreational marijuana initiative turned in the required number of valid signatures, moving the measure closer to appearing on Arkansas' ballot this fall, election officials said.

A spokesman for the secretary of state's office said supporters of the proposed constitutional amendment had reached the 89,151 valid signatures from registered voters needed to qualify for the November ballot. 

The Arkansas Secretary of State provided a notification of sufficiency to the petition on Tuesday. Reports say that they are expected to certify it to the County Boards of Election Commissioners in August. 

More than 192,000 signatures were submitted July 8 for the proposal to allow people age 21 and older to possess up to one ounce of cannabis. Arkansas voters in 2016 voted to legalize medical marijuana in the state.

The secretary of state's office did not have a final count on the number of valid signatures verified yet.

The proposal is one of two initiatives vying for the November ballot in Arkansas. Officials are reviewing signatures submitted for another proposal that would scale back a casino gambling measure voters approved in 2018.

That proposal would remove Pope County as one of the four counties where a casino is allowed.

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