The Arkansas Attorney General has rejected the proposed amendment to legalize marijuana not once, not twice, but seven times now. Attorney General Leslie Rutledge claims there are still ambiguities in the text of the amendment that could have legalized the cultivation, production, sale, and possession of marijuana. The amendment also called for the release of non-violent marijuana offenders from "incarceration, probation, and parole". Rutledge may not think the state is ready for fully legalized marijuana, but she has approved a medical marijuana proposal which will need around 85,000 signatures by fall to make it on November's voting ballot.
Rutledge has approved a separate proposal to legalize medical marijuana in Arkansas submitted by Little Rock attorney David Couch. Supporters of that proposal need nearly 85,000 signatures from registered voters to put it on the ballot this fall.