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Sponsors Claim Enough Signatures For Euthanasia & Marijuana Ballot Questions

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File image of the state house at night. (Photo by Andrea Courtois)

File image of the state house at night. (Photo by Andrea Courtois)

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BOSTON (AP) — Sponsors of proposals to allow terminally ill patients to self-administer life-ending drugs and to legalize marijuana for medical purposes claim they have gathered enough signatures to move the measures closer to a spot on next year’s state ballot.

The sponsors of all proposed ballot questions face a Wednesday deadline to file a minimum of 68,911 signatures of registered voters with city and town clerks around Massachusetts.

The signatures must be certified by the clerks before they’re turned in to the Secretary of State’s office next month.

Sponsors of two other initiative petitions also claim to have enough signatures to move forward. One is a so-called “right to repair” measure that would require auto manufacturers to share diagnostic information with independent repair shops. The other would create a new system for public school teacher evaluations.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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