The grammar police had a field day when a proposal to legalize marijuana in Arkansas was rejected due to “errors of grammar, punctuation and spelling.”
Marry Barry, a resident of Summit, Arkansas, wrote the amendment which called for free use of anything produced by the plant, including cultivating, growing and possession.
Arkansas Attorney General, Leslie Rutledge, struck down the proposal, pointing out that the phrase “all products derived from the cannabis plant” was too ambiguous and vulnerable to loopholes. Rutledge also cited the phrase “any person eighteen (18) years of age and older” as problematic. “And” should have been “or” as a person can’t be both 18 and older.
Other grammar sins included the phrases “number of license” and “state laws as it pertains to marijuana,” which Rutledge stated misused singular and plural nouns, verbs, and adjectives.
This is the second time an Arkansas amendment calling for cannabis legalization has been turned down by the Attorney General, although last time it wasn’t due to spelling errors. Ms. Berry will have a chance to try again and resubmit the measure, hopefully with her i’s dotted and t’s crossed.