Max Denning

The citizen-led initiative to vote on the ban of recreational marijuana in La Grande came up short of the necessary amount of signatures to secure a place on the November ballot.

Robin Church, Union County clerk, said the petition came to her with only 1,199 signatures — one short of the necessary 1,200. Then, in the pre-processing phase of the signature counting, the Union County clerk’s office found 47 signatures in the first 20 pages that were from individuals living outside the city limits. That caused Church to end the counting process and determine that there were not enough valid signatures to place the initiative on the ballot.

See complete story in Wednesday's Observer