Top Montana Officials Oppose Marijuana Campaign’s Lawsuit For Electronic Signature Gathering

Top Montana Officials Oppose Marijuana Campaign’s Lawsuit For Electronic Signature Gathering

Montana advocates behind a proposed ballot initiative to legalize marijuana for adult use are facing resistance from top state officials over a lawsuit they filed requesting electronic signature gathering options amid the coronavirus pandemic. Lawyers representing the state attorney general and secretary of state filed a response to the suit last week, contending that there are no shortcomings with Montana election laws, and they blamed the campaign itself for failing to begin gathering signatures for their measure earlier. They implored the court to dismiss the lawsuit, and a hearing on the motion is scheduled for Tuesday. New Approach Montana filed the suit earlier this month, and they had two requests for the state: allow digital petitioning due to social distancing and stay-at-home orders and extend the deadline for signature submissions from June 19 to August 3. The state defendants in the case did not address the latter request in their new filing. The proposed statutory initiative the group is backing would allow adults 21 and older to possess and purchase cannabis from licensed retailers. They’re also behind a constitutional amendment measure that would make a technical change to state law specifying that only those 21 and older could participate in the market. In their response to the suit, the state officials argued that the issue is not germane to the courts and should be settled by either the executive or legislative branch. They said the issue is related to “a health emergency and a resulting order by the Governor,” and…

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