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Campaign For Recreational Marijuana Sues Over Ballot Language

The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol is suing the state’s chief election official for what it calls errors in the ballot language.

In court documents, attorneys for the campaign say the description of the measure – crafted by the secretary of state – has at least three errors. The first incorrectly states that only people over 21 years old would be able to buy and possess marijuana, when, in fact, it should be 21 years and older.

Campaign spokesperson Barrett Marson said the ballot language also doesn’t identify how the tax revenue would be spent.

“That is a serious error of omission. This initiative taxes marijuana sales at 15 percent and the majority of that money goes to education," Marson said.

He said they’re not ascribing any motive to the error.

The third issue is the secretary of state's description said violations are, at most, punishable by a fine, but the act said some offenses are felonies, as well.

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