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Three Ballot Measures Approved For Signature Gathering

Montana Capitol.
William Marcus
Montana Public Radio

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Secretary of State's office says the sponsors of three proposed ballot initiatives may begin gathering signatures in attempt to put them before voters in the 2016 election.

One of the proposed measures would allow adults to buy, possess and use marijuana, while the second would outlaw the drug completely, including for medicinal purposes.

The third measure would bar the use of animal traps or snares on public lands in the state with a few exceptions.

Secretary of State Linda McCulloch previously approved for signature-gathering a proposed measure that would allow any school employee with a permit to carry a concealed handgun in a school.

The anti-trapping, anti-marijuana and gun proposals are statutory initiatives requiring signatures from 24,175 voters.

The pro-marijuana measure is a constitutional initiative requiring 48,349 signatures.

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