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Complaint Filed Over Utah Medical Marijuana Initiative

Campaign manager accused of illegally buying forms off canvasser.
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Campaign manager accused of illegally buying forms off canvasser.

Opponents of Utah's medical marijuana ballot initiative say supporters tried to buy off canvassers asking people to withdraw support for the proposal.

Organizers with Drug Safe Utah filed a complaint with the lieutenant governor's office Tuesday alleging that the campaign manager of pro-medical marijuana group Utah Patients Coalition tried to illegally buy completed signature-removal forms off a canvasser. Drug Safe Utah opposes the initiative and wants people to remove their signatures from a petition putting it on the ballot.

Medical marijuana supporters say the campaign manager was trying to legally buy opponents' data to undo the fraud they'd spread. They've released a video showing one alleged canvasser using misstatements and falsely claiming to be a county employee.

Enough voter signatures have been verified to put the initiative on the ballot but voters can withdraw their names until Tuesday.