A federal court judge in
Nevada has blocked the state from taking any further action that might
disqualify an initiative that would create a regulated adult market for
marijuana. The initiative, sponsored by the Marijuana Policy Project
(http://www.mpp.org) and its local affiliate,
the Campaign to Regulate and Control Marijuana (http://www.regulatemarijuana.org),
failed to make the ballot after Secretary of State Dean Heller threw out
thousands of signatures citing various technicalities.
MPP, CRCM, and the ACLU of
Nevada sued in federal court on July 27 seeking to overturn Heller's decision
to throw out the signatures (http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/348/aclunv.shtml).
In the Monday ruling, US Disrict Court Judge James Mahan issued a temporary
restraining order barring the state from taking any action pending a final
decision in the case. Mahan set oral arguments for August 13.
MPP, CRCM, and the Nevada
ACLU had sought an earlier hearing, citing worries that too much delay
in the proceedings would leave the issue unresolved by the time ballots
must be printed, thus effectively killing the initiative. But Judge
Mahan didn't budge on the schedule.
Still, campaign spokesperson
Jennifer Knight told the Las Vegas Review-Journal the temporary restraining
order was a positive decision. "This is a really good sign," said
Knight. "The fact that this judge issued a temporary restraining
order in our case means that it has merit. We're planning for success."
MPP and CRCM are continuing
to campaign, Knight added. The groups are continuing to run television
ads and hold meetings with community groups to gain support for the measure.
A similar MPP-sponsored measure won only 39% of the vote in 2002.
-- END --
Issue #349, 8/6/04
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