PIERRE — A petition submitted for an initiated measure to legalize marijuana for medical use in South Dakota was rejected by the secretary of state Monday.
“An Initiated measure requires 13,871 valid signatures in order to be placed on the ballot,” Secretary of State Shantel Krebs said in a press release. “This initiated measure petition included 15,157 signatures. We reviewed a random sample of signatures and only 62.48 percent were found to be valid.”
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, the press release said.
This was the last submitted ballot question for the 2018 general election to be reviewed by the Secretary of State’s office, barring any submissions of referendum petitions from South Dakota citizens concerning laws passed during the 2018 legislative session.