In the state Arkansas, advocates who support the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol are suing Secretary of State Michele Reagan over the ballot description set to go before the voting public later this fall. The CRMLA disputes that Reagan left out critical information from the description of Proposition 205 that could give voters the wrong idea about what it means to legalize marijuana.
Organizers also say they have an issue with the wording “Over 21 years old” when “21 and older” would be the rule for those wishing to “Use, carry, manufacture, give away or transport marijuana.” “The publication of a publicity pamphlet and general election ballot containing false and misleading information will irreparably injure the Plaintiffs and all Arizona voters,” the complaint reads.
Proposition 205 would give voters a chance to decide whether Arizona should install a taxed and regulated recreational cannabis trade similar to what is happening currently in Colorado. The people behind the initiative are worried that the state’s description fails to provide the voters with enough valid information.
They are asking the court for permission to amend the language before the pamphlets used to inform voters on upcoming ballot measures are printed and distributed. Oklahomans for Health, the organization seeking to legalize a statewide medical marijuana program, has been forced to contend with a similar issue.
Although the group recently submitted more than enough signatures to qualify for the ballot in the November election, they have been given no choice but to challenge the ballot title designed by the state attorney general’s office because they say it was drafted to “Cause fear and uncertainty.” Regrettably, this battle will likely stop the measure from taking the next step in 2016.
Across the united states, pot advocates in Michigan are still striving to get a ballot measure aimed at legalizing recreational cannabis on to the ballot. MILegalize recently petitioned the Michigan Supreme Court with the intentions of being awarded the reinstatement of the hundreds of thousands of signatures it needs to get the issue before the voters this November.
Referencing a 1986 precedent set by the state Supreme Court, the judge stated that, “Signatures more than 180 days old are stale and void.” Advocates who stand with the MILegalize campaign are in great belief the Supreme Court will change the decision handed down this past Wednesday by Court of Claims Judge Stephen Borello and allow the proposal to go before the voters in the spirit of the American democracy.
“Immediate action is necessary so that the voters are not deprived of their right to vote” on the issue this November, reads a motion filed in Supreme Court.
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