The Coastal Packet: Judge rules pot referendum signiatures must be reviewed

Saturday, April 9

Judge rules pot referendum signiatures must be reviewed

WGME - The effort to put marijuana legalization on the November ballot is one step closer, after a judge ruled state officials may have improperly invalidated thousands of signatures. In February, the campaign to regulate marijuana like alcohol submitted nearly 100,000 signatures to the secretary of state.

But nearly half of those signatures were deemed invalid, in some cases because the signature of the person who notarized it didn't match what state officials had on record. The campaign appealed the decision, and Friday, a judge ruled in their favor, saying officials need to go back and review signatures again.

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