Proofreader Needed For Arkansas' Legalization Movement

The latest attempt to legalize recreational cannabis use in Arkansas has been felled by an unexpected opponent: the common typo.

State Attorney General (and unofficial grammar enforcer) Leslie Rutledge rejected Mary Berry's proposed amendment due to grammatical missteps, spelling errors, and ambiguous phrases.

The mistakes included pronoun-antecedent disagreement and erroneous conjunction use. Here's a copy of the proposed bill with the attorney general's remarks.

Rutledge, however, was sufficiently magnanimous to offer Barry a chance to revise and resubmit the proposal. No word yet on whether Barry will accept the chance for a do-over.

Meanwhile, another initiative - The Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act - has been approved and is currently gaining signatures for the 2016 ballot. In 2012, a similar motion was narrowly defeated, making legalization a wedge - er, split infinitive - issue in Arkansas.

h/t Extract, Independent, SFGate


Prime Minister-designate Boris Johnson has dabbled with illicit drugs in the past, but reforming the United Kingdom's antiquated cannabis laws probably won't be part of his future. On Monday it was officially announced that MP Boris Johnson had been elected as Leader of the Conservative Party, which means he will succeed outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May as the head of government. Johnson is expected to take a different approach to politics than his predecessor, but anyone hoping that he will push for national cannabis reform probably shouldn't hold their breath.

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