North Dakota Medical Pot Backers Want Measure on Ballot

Supporters of a medical marijuana initiative have asked the North Dakota Supreme Court to order the measure put on the November ballot.

Secretary of State Al Jaeger has blocked the proposal, saying his review of the measure’s initiative petitions showed strong evidence of fraud.

But Jaeger did not try to distinguish legitimate signatures from fraudulent names on the petitions, said an attorney for the ballot effort.

The initiative’s advocates filed the appeal to the high court on Friday, asking to stop any ballot printing until the court itself rules on the measure.

Penny Miller, the Supreme Court’s chief clerk, said Monday the court had not decided whether to hear arguments.

Jaeger said Monday that the general election ballot must be ready Friday for distribution to military voters and North Dakotans who live overseas. Any Supreme Court order that would delay ballot printing “would have a significant impact on the election.”

– Read the entire article at The San Francisco Chronicle.