Supporters of a ballot measure aimed at legalizing small amounts of marijuana for medical use filed a complaint Tuesday claiming the South Dakota Secretary of State's office didn't do enough to prove petition signatures were illegitimate before disqualifying the measure.

Melissa Mentele, primary sponsor of the ballot initiative and founder of the South Dakota Coalition for Compassion, said the petitions she filed with the secretary of state's office weren't counted properly and proper notice wasn't given about the office's results.

In her legal complaint, Mentele said she hopes the secretary of state's decision calling the measure invalid would be thrown out and the Hughes County court would grant the measure ballot access.

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