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North Dakota marijuana petition signature drive falls short

Petitioners missed earlier deadlines to make this year’s June and November ballots but...
Petitioners missed earlier deadlines to make this year’s June and November ballots but continued to collect signatures in hopes of a June 2022 vote.(David Zalubowski | AP)
Published: Jul. 23, 2020 at 7:04 AM CDT
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -

Supporters of amending North Dakota’s constitution to legalize recreational marijuana say they will try again to collect enough signatures to get the issue on the ballot.

The group had a year to gather and submit at least 26,904 valid signatures of North Dakota voters to Secretary of State Al Jaeger.

The final deadline was Wednesday.

Petitioners missed earlier deadlines to make this year’s June and November ballots but continued to collect signatures in hopes of a June 2022 vote.

Chairwoman Jody Vetter told The Bismarck Tribune the group gathered just shy of 24,000 signatures and wouldn’t be submitting petitions.

But Vetter says supporters are planning to start again with an identical proposal for 2022.