Medical marijuana top news story in Arkansas during 2016

     LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – A decision by Arkansas' voters to let residents with certain medical conditions obtain marijuana to ease their symptoms was an overwhelming choice as the state's top news story of 2016, according to Associated Press journalists and members.
     The continuation of Arkansas' hybrid Medicaid system was selected second and the state's stalled effort to restart its execution process was third. Next was the federal government's decision to accuse an eastern Arkansas judge of pressuring defendants for sexual favors.
     The November election was picked fifth.
     Rounding out the list were the rejection of a state abortion law, big spending in two state Supreme Court races, the court striking three proposals on the November ballot, an Arkansan winning the Miss America pageant and plans for a $1 billion paper mill near Arkadelphia.


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