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 balloting by Associated Press journalists and the news organization’s members.
Arkansas became the first Bible Belt state to approve medical marijuana and a state panel is already at work developing a distribution network. The expansion of Arkansas’ Medicaid system was selected second and the state’s failed attempt to jump-start its execution process was third.
The entire list of the year’s top stories:
1.Voters approve medical marijuana.
2.Machinations to keep Arkansas’ Medicaid expansion.
3.Executions remain on hold.
4.An eastern Arkansas judge is accused of pressuring defendants for sexual favors.
5.Republicans sweep state elections again.
6.The U.S. Supreme Court refuses to reconsider Arkansas’ abortion ban.
7.More than $1 million is spent on two state Supreme Court races.
8.State justices strike three proposals on the November ballot.
9.A University of Arkansas student wins the Miss America pageant.
10.Chinese investors announce a $1 billion paper mill for southern Arkansas.