US Marijuana Party

Thursday, June 23, 2005

South Dakotan completes cross-state tour for medical marijuana

Associated Press

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A Hermosa man has completed a cross-state bicycle tour aimed at gathering signatures to put a medical marijuana measure on the 2006 ballot.

Longtime activist Bob Newland pedaled into Sioux Falls Tuesday night after logging 440 miles and gathering 250 signatures along the Matthew Ducheneaux Trail to Safe Access Bicycle Tour Across South Dakota.

The petitions need about 17,000 signatures by May 2006 to get on the 2006 ballot. Newland said his target is 20,000 to provide a cushion for invalid signatures.

"We have a year," he said in an interview. "My plan is to find 100 people who will each get 200 signatures."

"Actually, I picked up $200 in contributions the first three days, and people were stopping me to sign the petition and people were offering me weed," Newland said.


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