Medical marijuana initiative goes up in smoke

A petition submitted for an initiated measure to legalize medical marijuana in South Dakota was rejected by Secretary of State Shantel Krebs on Monday.

An initiated measure requires 13,871 valid signatures to be placed on the ballot. Although 15,157 signatures were included on the medical marijuana petition, a random sampling of signatures found that less than 63 percent of the signatures were valid.

A press release from the secretary of state’s office stated that a rejected petition cannot be challenged, however that does not prohibit a citizen from challenging the denial of a ballot question petition in circuit court.