The Portland Press Herald reports that….
The campaign did not obtain the 61,123 valid signatures required to make the ballot because of problems with the signatures of petition circulators and notaries.
David Boyer, manager of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, passes a box of petitions to Rep. Diane Russell as they prepare for a trip to Augusta to submit them to the Secretary of State’s Office in February. Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Staff Photographer
Secretary of State Matt Dunlap said in a statement Wednesday that the proposal did not have enough valid signatures of Maine voters. The campaign needed 61,123 signatures, but according to Dunlap’s office, the campaign only provided 51,543 valid signatures.
READ THE DECISION ON THE MARIJUANA PETITION
The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, which led the effort to get the question on the ballot, now has 10 days to appeal the decision to Maine Superior Court.
Campaign leader David Boyer said proponents were “very disappointed” with the Secretary of State office’s determination that 17,000 signatures were invalid because the signature of a single notary who reviewed the petitions did not match the signature of the notary the state had on file.
“We will be exploring all legal avenues that are available to appeal this decision and sincerely hope that more than 17,000 Maine citizens will not be disenfranchised because of a handwriting technicality,” Boyer said.