Whoa: Pharmacy Measure Gets Over 24,000 Signatures In Six Weeks

North Dakota has a very weird pharmacy protection law that basically prohibits chain pharmacies from opening in the state. Efforts to repeal the law in the Legislature have failed because the pharmacists are very organized, and swing a lot of lobbying clout. Efforts to repeal the law through initiated measure have failed in the past, kept off the ballot when signatures were disqualified due to a technicality (the signature pages weren’t circulated with the measure language attached).

A new group started collecting signatures on June 3rd to try and put the measure on the ballot again, and now roughly six weeks later the group has submitted almost twice the number of required signatures to Secretary of State Al Jaeger.

That’s impressive, and speaks highly to both the organization of the petition supporters and the desire of the public to put this issue on the ballot.

Expect this issue to get heated this fall. The pharmacists, as I’ve already mentioned, are also very organized.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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