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Ballot Measures Deadline

Ballot Measures Deadline
Ballot measures deadline: Recreational cannabis, assisted dying plans fail
The Associated Press - November 7, 2017

PIERRE, S.D. - A pair of ballot measures that aimed to legalize recreational marijuana and physician-assisted dying won't go before voters in 2018.

Supporters said Monday that they didn't collect enough signatures for the proposed ballot questions.

"Death with Dignity" measure sponsor Angela Albonico says the campaign didn't have enough volunteers out collecting signatures.

New Approach South Dakota director Melissa Mentele says supporters came close to being able to submit the recreational use measure, but says the group's primary focus has been a medical cannabis proposal.

That plan to allow patients with serious medical conditions to use marijuana attracted roughly 15,000 signatures.

Initiative groups hoping to go before voters next year faced a crucial deadline Monday to turn in nearly 14,000 valid signatures per ballot measure to the secretary of state for review.



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