New Life for Marijuana Initiative

By: Staff
By: Staff

U-S District Judge James Mahan declined to order the state
outright to put the marijuana initiative on the November ballot.
He said a count of the 66-thousand signatures around the state
will determine if the measure qualifies.
It would let adults possess up to an ounce of marijuana.
The ruling invalidating Nevada's so-called "13 counties rule"
could also give new life to an unrelated measure seeking to ban
public employees from serving in the Legislature.
The rule requires signatures from at least 10 percent of the
number of voters who cast ballots in the most recent general
election in at least 13 of the state's 17 counties.
The judge says the rule creates too big an imbalance between
rural and heavily populated counties to meet the federal
Constitution's "equal protection" reqirement of one-person,
one-vote.
The judge also tossed out the so-called "dual affidavit rule"
requiring that a registered Nevada voter sign the petition AND sign
a document attesting that the names on it are from registered
Nevada voters.

U-S District Judge James Mahan declined to order the state
outright to put the marijuana initiative on the November ballot.
He said a count of the 66-thousand signatures around the state
will determine if the measure qualifies.
It would let adults possess up to an ounce of marijuana.
The ruling invalidating Nevada's so-called "13 counties rule"
could also give new life to an unrelated measure seeking to ban
public employees from serving in the Legislature.
The rule requires signatures from at least 10 percent of the
number of voters who cast ballots in the most recent general
election in at least 13 of the state's 17 counties.
The judge says the rule creates too big an imbalance between
rural and heavily populated counties to meet the federal
Constitution's "equal protection" reqirement of one-person,
one-vote.
The judge also tossed out the so-called "dual affidavit rule"
requiring that a registered Nevada voter sign the petition AND sign
a document attesting that the names on it are from registered
Nevada voters.


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