Pot legalization supporters gathering more signatures for ballot proposal

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DENVER — Proponents of a ballot initiative to legalize the recreational use of marijuana by adults in Colorado are hopeful they can collect several thousand additional signatures to get the issue on the November ballot.

Last week, Secretary of State Scott Gessler announced that Initiative 30, also known as the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act of 2012, had only submitted 83,696 valid signatures of the 86,105 required.

Nearly 80,000 signatures were rejected.

“We’re confident we’ll correct the shortfall,” says Mason Tvert, Executive Director of SAFER, a marijuana advocacy group.

Tvert says volunteers across the state have offered to assist in the latest petition drive.

They have until Feb. 21 to submit additional signatures.