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Medical marijuana will likely resurface in Ark.

Associated Press Modified: November 7, 2012 at 5:46 pm •  Published: November 7, 2012

"I really think the grow-your-own was the scariest aspect for most folks," he said Wednesday.

However, he said he didn't think that most people who lived more than five miles from a dispensary would have grown their own marijuana anyway.

"I go to the grocery store to buy cabbage. I don't grow it at my house even though I've got a garden," Kell said. "Just as a matter of convenience, I think most people, even outside of that five-mile range, if they had the ability to make it to a dispensary, I think they would have."

Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe, who opposed the medical marijuana proposal, said he was surprised by the amount of support for the legalization measure. Beebe said his opposition was driven primarily by the estimated cost to the state and the conflict it would have created with federal law.

"There are some legitimate arguments in terms of health care compassion that I don't quarrel with at all," Beebe told reporters Wednesday.

Arkansas voters on Tuesday also approved a sales tax increase to pay for $1.8 billion in highway repairs throughout the state.

They rejected a proposal referred by the Legislature that would have allowed cities to create development districts backed by expected sales tax revenue.


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