Medical marijuana appears to pass in Arkansas

Arkansas likely became one of the latest states — and one of the first in the South — to allow medical marijuana after a proposed constitutional amendment received what appeared to be a majority of favorable votes in Tuesday’s election.

Supporters and opponents agreed that the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment, also known as Issue 6, looked like a winner. In 2012, voters narrowly rejected an initiated act that would have allowed patients to use marijuana for medical conditions. That ballot measure received 49 percent of the vote.

With 2,399 of 2,534 precincts reporting, unofficial returns on Issue 6 showed:

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