- Associated Press - Friday, August 12, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - The Latest on an effort to remove an initiative that would legalize recreational marijuana in Arizona from the ballot (all times local):

4 p.m.

Opponents of a campaign to legalize recreational marijuana in Arizona are urging a Maricopa County judge to bar the initiative from the November ballot because the short description voters saw on petitions failed to include major provisions of the measure.

The lawyers the opponents told Superior Court Judge Jo Lynn Gentry Friday that the proponents only included five of 22 major provisions in the summary. They want her to block it from the ballot for that and other reasons.

An attorney for the proponents told Gentry their summary accurately described the major provisions and naturally couldn’t and didn’t have to include every change to existing law.

Gentry told the attorneys for both sides that she would issue a decision quickly, possibly as soon as Monday.

Election officials on Thursday certified that the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol submitted enough valid signatures to make the ballot.

3 a.m.

Opponents of a campaign to legalize recreational marijuana in Arizona will urge a judge to bar the initiative from the November ballot.

Attorneys for Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy will make their arguments Friday in a Phoenix courtroom. They argue in part that the citizen’s initiative should be blocked because the 100-word explanation on petition sheets doesn’t fully explain the effects of the proposed legalization.

The suit was brought by 13 individuals and groups including Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery and Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk.

Backers call the lawsuit a desperate attempt to keep voters from having the right to vote to legalize small amounts of marijuana.

Election officials on Thursday certified that the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol submitted enough valid signatures to make the ballot.

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