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Medical marijuana won't make state ballot

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South Dakota Secretary of State Shantel Krebs said Wednesday that an attempt to place an initiated measure on a statewide ballot to legalize marijuana for medical use has failed due to invalid signatures.

Krebs said late Wednesday that the measure was rejected because it did not meet the required number of signatures to be a valid ballot measure.

Krebs said the sponsor of the measure turned in 16,543 signature, but that after a spot-check of 5 percent of those signatures, it was determined that too many were invalid. It was determined that 54.5 percent, or 9,019 of the 16,543 signatures were valid, but that was not enough for the measure to make the statewide ballot.

Anyone who wants to challenge that ruling has 30 days to do so, Krebs said in a press release.

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