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ARKANSAS, (KNWA/FOX24) — Arkansans spoke during the midterm election and they did not pass Ballot Issue 4, which would have legalized recreational marijuana.

Responsible Growth Arkansas did get more than 190,000 signatures of support for recreational marijuana. However on election day, the issue failed with more than 56% of voters voting against it.

Arkansas lawmakers on both sides of the aisle ended up coming out against Ballot Issue 4.

Most of the opposition came from Republicans, but Democratic State Senator Greg Leding tweeted in the days leading up to the election that he also didn’t support it because it limited the amount of companies who could participate and it ended the requirement that these companies be majority-owned by Arkansans.

KWNA/FOX24 asked Misty Orpin, Executive Director of Common Ground Arkansas, if her organization expects recreational marijuana to come up during the legislative session.

“I don’t think you’ll see them pushing recreational marijuana,” she said. “I do think that you will continue to see them pushing bills that restrict voters in Arkansas more. They put a lot of things before the voters that they wanted to pass and the voters didn’t pass them, so what are they going to try to do legislatively to pass the things that the voters rejected?”

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