Secretary of State’s Office Certifies Cannabis Ballot Initiative Application

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The Secretary of State’s office has certified the application for a ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana in the state, called The Peggy A. Kelley Wyoming Cannabis Act of 2016.

According to a release from the secretary of state’s office, the first step of a ballot initiative of any nature requires certification from the office for compliance with the application process. However, the secretary of state must remain neutral on the merits of the issue presented.

Secretary of State Ed Murray, said in the release, that following review of the proposal, his office had determined that the bill meets the requirements of the law. Certification of the application authorizes supporters of the initiative, the Wyoming National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, to circulate petitions requesting that the bill be placed on the ballot at a general election.

In order for the measure to appear on the November 2016 general election ballot, supporters must submit the signatures of more than 25,000 voters, which is 15 percent of the registered voters, to the secretary of state’s office before the Wyoming Legislature convenes on Feb. 8.

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