- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 2, 2016

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The sponsor of a medical marijuana ballot measure is asking the courts to overturn the secretary of state’s rejection of the initiative for the ballot.

A spokesman for the office said Tuesday the lawsuit is under review. Backers are seeking to get the initiated measure on the November ballot.

Sponsor Melissa Mentele says supporters have followed the law.

Secretary of State Shantel Krebs in May rejected a challenge from advocates over her evaluation that supporters didn’t turn in enough valid signatures.

The lawsuit argues that Krebs didn’t send proper notice of the decision. It also says the secretary of state erroneously sampled petition signatures and then improperly performed a second sampling.

The proposal is geared toward people with conditions such as cancer who proponents say could be helped by marijuana.


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