Friday, April 15, 2016

Maine SoS to re-examine cannabis initiative sigs

State declines appeal, raising ballot hopes for legal pot in Maine — Politics — Bangor Daily News - Michael Shepherd:

April 14, 2016 - "Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap won’t appeal a judge’s ruling overturning his decision to invalidate a marijuana legalization referendum, potentially clearing it for the November ballot.

"His office will now review thousands of signatures that it threw out in March....

"Referendum proponents, led by the national Marijuana Policy Project, submitted 99,000 signatures to the state in February, well over the minimum of 61,123 valid signatures needed. But Dunlap threw out nearly half for a variety of problems, and proponents appealed....

"In a statement issued late Wednesday afternoon, Dunlap said his decision not to appeal was 'grounded entirely in the goal of this office to insure that initiative questions that appear on the ballot carry with them the public integrity of a legitimate effort.'

"Now, he said, his office will conduct a further review of invalidated signatures in the effort to see if it qualifies for the statewide ballot and issue a new determination 'as expeditiously as possible.'”

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