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Court Ruling Favors Nevada Marijuana Initiative

 
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 19, 2004 11:39 pm    Post subject: Court Ruling Favors Nevada Marijuana Initiative Reply with quote

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U.S. District Judge James Mahan has ruled that two Nevada petition requirements that prevented a marijuana initiative from qualifying for the November ballot are unconstitutional, the Associated Press reported Aug. 14.

However, Mahan stopped short of ordering Nevada Secretary of State Dean Heller to include the marijuana measure on the Nov. 2 ballot.

The initiative would allow Nevada adults to legally possess and use up to one ounce of marijuana.

Organizers of the initiative failed to meet the state's "13-counties rule." Under the rule, signatures for ballot initiatives must be obtained from at least 10 percent of the number of voters who cast ballots in the most recent general election in at least 13 of Nevada's 17 counties.

But Mahan ruled that the 13-counties rule was a violation of the federal Constitution's "equal protection" clause ensuring one-person, one-vote. He also ruled that the state's "dual affidavit" requirement was unconstitutional. Under the requirement, a registered Nevada voter is required to sign each petition and a separate document attesting to the validity of the name on the petition.

Mahan said the statewide total of 66,000 marijuana-petition signatures submitted should be counted towards the required 51,337 valid signatures needed. "If you've got the signatures, then it's on the ballot," said the judge.

County election officials now have until Aug. 31 to verify the petition signatures.



Nevada seems like a nice place to live. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 20, 2004 9:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good news indeed. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 20, 2004 10:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is good news.

Now if only they can get out the vote!
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 20, 2004 12:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Slide wrote:
That is good news.

Now if only they can get out the vote!


Yeah, cross fingers.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 20, 2004 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Im certainly crossing mine Smile

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