- Associated Press - Friday, August 19, 2016

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - A Kalispell judge won’t decide before Tuesday on an anti-marijuana group’s request to place its initiative on November’s election ballot.

District Judge Heidi Ulbricht heard arguments Friday on whether nearly 6,000 petition signatures that Safe Montana claims were lost and wrongly rejected should be counted.

Safe Montana and its leader, Billings car dealer Steve Zabawa, want Ulbricht to order Secretary of State Linda McCulloch to certify the initiative for the ballot.

Zabawa says Ulbricht told the sides to file additional information by 5 p.m. Monday. He says he expects a decision by next Thursday, when McCulloch’s office will begin certifying the election ballots.

The measure, which fell short of qualifying by 4,137 signatures, seeks to repeal Montana’s medical marijuana law and declare that any drug illegal under federal law is also illegal under state law.

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