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ND Supreme Court: No vote on pharmacy measure

BISMARCK (AP) -- North Dakota's Supreme Court is refusing to put a proposed pharmacy ownership initiative on the ballot. Secretary of State Al Jaeger decided the petition didn't conform to state laws because it didn't include a list of the measur...

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BISMARCK (AP) -- North Dakota's Supreme Court is refusing to put a proposed pharmacy ownership initiative on the ballot.

Secretary of State Al Jaeger decided the petition didn't conform to state laws because it didn't include a list of the measure's sponsors.

In a ruling Tuesday, the Supreme Court agreed. The justices declined a request from petition supporters to order Jaeger to put the proposal on the November ballot.

Backers of the pharmacy measure say it would help large retailers offer less expensive prescription drugs to customers. Its detractors say the proposal would hurt rural pharmacies.

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