Backers of a November vote on whether to legalize small amounts of marijuana in Nevada said Friday they will seek a hearing before a full panel of judges on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after being rejected by three judges.
"Ultimately, we decided to have this issue thoroughly discussed
by a larger panel of judges because the dissenting opinion was so
much more compelling than the majority ruling," said Committee to
Regulate and Control Marijuana spokeswoman Jennifer Knight.
A the panel voted 2-1 on Wednesday to uphold U.S. District Judge
Jim Mahan's recent finding that petition-signers had to be deemed
valid registered voters on the same day they signed and not later
The marijuana group, which is trying to legalize possession of
up to 1 ounce of marijuana by adults, had hoped for a favorable
ruling that would have more than made up for a shortage of some
1,900 signatures on its proposed ballot petition. The group needed
a minimum of 51,337 names.
"If this ruling stands, Nevada will not be a very
voter-friendly state," Knight said after the 3-judge panel issued
its ruling. "Voters' rights have been thwarted by this."