Petition's Circulating for Medical Marijuana Initiative

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An initiative petition calling for the legalization of medical marijuana was handed over to supporters of the ballot measure Thursday. Secretary of State Ed Murray confirmed in a news release, that the Wyoming National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws may now begin circulating petitions around the state in an effort to obtain the 25,673 signatures needed from registered voters in the state, to have the measure placed on the 2016 General Election ballot.

Murray said that it is important to note that the required number of signatures changes from initiative to initiative, based upon the year, and that the number of signatures must always equal at least 15 percent of the total number of votes cast in the previous statewide general election. Additionally, the signatures must be obtained proportionally from 15 percent of resident voters in at least 16 of Wyoming’s 23 counties.

Murray said that circulated petitions will include a copy of the proposed legislation, The Peggy A. Kelley Wyoming Cannabis Act of 2016. He said all petition circulators are required to be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age. Wyoming NORML has until February 8 of next year to submit the required signatures to the Secretary of State’s office if the measure is to be placed on the ballot. The Secretary of State’s office then has 60 days to verify the validity of the collected signatures.

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