Marijuana measure closer to reality

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MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

The campaign to legalize marijuana took one step closer to getting on the November ballot.

On Thursday, the Secretary of State's office certified the petition signatures for the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol

But there is still one more legal hurdle they must clear before voters get a shot at deciding the issue.

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge will decide if the ballot language is flawed as its opponents claim. The case will be heard Friday and a ruling is expected sometime next week.

"The initiative the other side put forward if full of deception and actually will defraud the voters if it goes forward," said Seth Leibsohn, chairman for Arizonans Responsible Drug Policy, which opposes the effort.

Among the claims, Leibsohn says the initiative will handcuff law enforcement when it comes to prosecuting stoned drivers.

"It is a desperate pathetic attempt," said J.P. Holyoak, chairman of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol.

"Do we have enforcement for driving under the influence today? Of course, we do and the initiative outlines that does not change," he said.

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