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Organizers: Wash. legal pot measure won't qualify

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SEATTLE (AP)- Organizers of an initiative to legalize marijuana for adults in Washington state say the measure will not qualify for the fall ballot.

One of the campaign's leaders, Douglas Hiatt, tells The Associated Press that the effort to get Initiative 1068 on the ballot has fallen short by about 40,000-50,000 signatures.

About 241,000 are required. Initiative 1068 would remove all state penalties for marijuana possession, cultivation, use and sale.

It was one of the most sweeping marijuana reform efforts playing out around the country this year, and polls have suggested it could pass - if it made the ballot. Hiatt says the campaign will be back again next year.