County to vote on genetically modified crops

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Associated Press

Posted on February 20, 2014 at 10:03 AM

Updated Thursday, Feb 20 at 10:04 AM

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — The state of Oregon has banned local measures regulating genetically modified crops, but that hasn't stopped a group in Josephine County.

The Grants Pass Daily Courier (http://bit.ly/1gimZMR ) reports the Josephine County Clerk's Office verified Tuesday that backers turned in enough signatures for an initiative banning GMO crops in Josephine County.

Co-petitioner Mary Middleton says backers don't think the state should try to stifle the voice of the people, and will leave it to the courts to decide whether the state has the power to do that.

The measure will appear on the May ballot.

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