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Published September 05, 2012, 09:51 PM

The measures with forged signatures will not be on the November ballot

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- The groups say they're "reeling" over the fraud charges, 11-people hired to collect signatures, including 8 NDSU football players, are accused of forging signatures. Those measures will not be on the November ballot.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- The groups say they're "reeling" over the fraud charges, 11-people hired to collect signatures, including 8 NDSU football players, are accused of forging signatures. Those measures will not be on the November ballot.

The chairs of each of these groups says members of the coalition, those who signed the petitions in good faith, and the citizens of North Dakota, have lost an opportunity to make their voices heard.

Supporters of two campaigns now rejected from the November ballot dedicated a great deal of time and money to their efforts. A coalition hoping to legalize medical marijuana use in the state spent more than two years working to get their measure on the ballot.

Steven Adair: "I'm really disappointed that it had to go down this way and didn't give the voters a chance to vote on this because it got hijacked."

A group looking to set aside oil revenue for a state conservation fund paid 145-thousand dollars to a consulting firm to collect signatures, and had another 500-thousand in television advertising already booked.

Steve Adair, the chairman of that effort, said he was "deeply disappointed" to learn about the alleged fraud.

Adair: "Our clean water, land, and outdoor heritage is of ultimate importance and we're not gonna let this small group of individuals prevent us from moving that forward into discussion in the state."

Since the measures will not be on the ballot, it will be at least two years before they can try again.

Adair: "The sad thing is they are playing with some people's lives. And the dignity of life of people that are already suffering."

The leaders of both groups say they are still looking into the case and determining what their next moves will be.

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