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Marijuana advocate submits 2014 ballot proposal

By The Associated Press
Published On: Nov 23 2012 12:36:32 PM MST
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HELENA, Mont. -

An East Helena medical marijuana advocate has refiled a proposal to make the recreational use of pot a constitutional right in Montana.
    
The proposed constitutional initiative by Barb Trego is the first 2014 ballot question submitted to the Secretary of State for approval.
    
It duplicates the one Trego put forward last year, but which did not make the 2012 ballot because backers failed to collect the required signatures in time.
    
Colorado and Washington passed voter initiatives this year legalizing recreational use of marijuana. That has given hope to Montana marijuana advocates despite their recent defeat at the ballot box to roll back a restrictive medical marijuana law.
    
Republican state Sen. Jeff Essmann says he does not believe Montanans would vote for legalization.