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Medical marijuana backers challenge initiative rejection

PIERRE (AP) -- Backers of a ballot measure to allow people with serious medical conditions to use marijuana want to overturn the secretary of state's rejection of the initiative.

PIERRE (AP) - Backers of a ballot measure to allow people with serious medical conditions to use marijuana want to overturn the secretary of state's rejection of the initiative.

Secretary of State Shantel Krebs' office announced the challenge Thursday. Krebs said last month that supporters didn't turn in enough valid signatures to put the measure before voters.

Krebs says her office will verify the challenge in the coming months.

The proposal was geared toward people with conditions such as cancer who proponents say could be helped by marijuana.

The office looks at signatures and petition completeness as part of its review before the measures can appear on the ballot.

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Krebs said in February that a check showed that only about 9,000 signatures turned in were valid. That's short of the nearly 13,900-signature requirement.

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