Backers fight to get medical marijuana on Missouri ballot

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – An attorney for supporters of a proposal to allow medical marijuana in Missouri told a judge Monday that enough registered voters signed petitions for it to be placed on the Nov. 8 ballot and that local elections boards wrongly tossed out thousands of signatures.

Attorney Loretta Haggard told Cole County Circuit Judge Daniel Green that hundreds of signers were improperly labeled as unregistered because they put down the wrong address. She asked that officials count about 170 petitions where signatures were found not to match voter records.

Attorneys for the secretary of state’s office and others trying to keep the measure off the ballot questioned whether those petitions should be counted. Even with those signatures, attorneys said the proposal falls 23 signatures short of the amount needed to make the ballot.

Secretary of State Jason Kander has said the measure was 2,242 short of the needed signatures in a district that includes part of the St. Louis area, and attorneys trying to get it on the ballot turned in evidence for only 2,219 more to be counted by a court deadline last week.

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