LITTLE ROCK — Attorney General Dustin McDaniel on Thursday approved the wording of a proposal for the 2016 ballot to legalize the use and possession of marijuana for medical purposes.

McDaniel certified the popular name and ballot title of the proposal by the group Arkansas for Compassionate Care, clearing the way for the group to gather signatures in support of the measure.

The group had sought to place a similar measure on this year’s ballot but was unable to collect the required number of signatures by the July 7 deadline.

In a letter to the group’s campaign director, Melissa Fults, McDaniel cautioned that "according to my experience there is a direct correlation between the length and complexity of initiated acts and their susceptibility to a successful ballot title challenge. Any ambiguity in the text of a measure could lead to a successful challenge."

McDaniel recommended that the group work with a private lawyer to make sure the goals of the measure are accomplished in its text.

Fults said in a statement Thursday, "We have more than 600 volunteers across the state who are preparing to gather signatures starting in just a few weeks. There’s no stopping us. We have the time and the people to make it happen!"