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No citizen initiatives in November's elections

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) - There won't be a citizen ballot initiative in Montana's general election for the first time in more than 40 years.

Billings businessman Steve Zabawa said this week he didn't gather enough signatures to place his proposal to ban marijuana on the Nov. 4 ballot. He was the last of a dozen sponsors whose measures didn't qualify after being cleared for signature-gathering.

Secretary of state spokeswoman Terri McCoy said Wednesday there hasn't been a general election ballot without a citizen initiative since the current Montana constitution was adopted in 1972.

Secretary of State Linda McCulloch says the failure to obtain enough signatures could be due to fewer people casting ballots at the polls, where those collecting signatures often find success.

An official tally will be available later this month.

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