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Green light issued for pharmacy ownership initiative in North Dakota

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July 18, 2011

By Bailey Ludlam

BISMARCK, North Dakota: Supporters of a proposed pharmacy ownership repeal initiative initiated petition circulation for a second attempt. On Friday, July 15, Secretary of State Al Jaeger cleared the proposal for circulation. Proponents have one year to collect a minimum of 13,452 valid signatures in order to qualify for the 2012 statewide ballot.[1]

The law, which the initiative proposes to overturn, was first approved in 1963. It required that pharmacists have a majority ownership of most North Dakota pharmacies.[2]

Ballot measure supporters first filed the initiative in 2010 to repeal North Dakota's pharmacy ownership law with the secretary of state's office on October 8, 2009. After reviewing the filed signatures, it was determined that the initiative had exceeded the signature requirement by 91 signatures, however, supporters failed to submit a list of sponsoring committee members with the petition sheets. The committee list, according to officials, would withhold the measure from the ballot.

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