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Judge throws out challenge to legal marijuana initiative in Arizona

Posted at 8:25 AM, Aug 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-20 01:20:12-04

A judge has thrown out a legal challenge to an initiative that will ask voters in November to legalize recreational marijuana in Arizona.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Jo Lynn Gentry dismissed the challenge in a ruling issued Friday. An appeal to the Arizona Supreme Court by opponents of the measure is expected.

Gentry ruled that opponents of Proposition 205 can't challenge the initiative because of changes to the law in 2015 limiting such lawsuits.

But Gentry's sweeping ruling went on to reject all of the reasons opponents laid out for keeping the initiative off the ballot. They had asked her to bar it from the ballot because the description voters saw when signing petitions left off many major provisions, didn't identify a revenue source and had a misleading title.