5 things to know about the Arkansas election

Associated Press Modified: November 7, 2012 at 4:01 am •  Published: November 7, 2012

4. NO MEDICAL MARIJUANA

Arkansas voters rejected a proposal to legalize medical marijuana in the state. With about 90 percent of precincts reporting unofficial results early Wednesday, 51.6 percent of voters opposed the legalization of the drug for medicinal purposes. If the initiative had passed, Arkansas would have become the first southern state to allow sales of medical marijuana.

5. YES TO HIGHWAY TAX INCREASE

Arkansas voters approved a half-cent sales tax increase Tuesday to fund $1.8 billion in highway improvements over the next 10 years. That vote will increase Arkansas' state sales tax to 6.5 percent from 6 percent, beginning July 1. The tax will remain in place up to 10 years — or until the bonds issued to pay for the projects are repaid.