YORK, Maine — A week after their petition was rejected by selectmen, marijuana supporters have yet to take their expected next step and submit a notarized version of the signatures to the town clerk’s office.

The group is reviewing its legal options, said David Boyer, Maine director of the Marijuana Policy Project late last week.

“We’re talking to lawyers on staff and in Maine,” Boyer said.

Boyer did not elaborate but said he expected to know what action the group would take by early this week.

Friday, Sept. 19, is the deadline in York for items to go on the Nov. 4 ballot, according to Town Clerk Mary-Anne Szeniawski.

The Marijuana Policy Project has been successful in getting the question to legalize marijuana on the November ballot in Lewiston and South Portland, but so far has been stonewalled in York.

On Sept. 8, the York Board of Selectmen voted 3-2 for a second time not to move the petitioned question to York voters, even though organizers had gotten enough signatures to override their veto. The majority of selectmen said the Town of York Home Rule Charter allowed the board to approve “lawful” ordinance changes only.

After the meeting, Boyer said he expected the coalition Citizens for a Safer Maine would bypass board approval and get the petition to voters by having it authorized by a notary public, as is outlined in York’s charter.

However, Szeniawski said this week the process may be more complicated than that.

Based on legal advice from the Maine Municipal Association, a new petition is needed for a notarized petition, as the old one was addressed to the Board of Selectmen and a new one would go directly to voters, she said.

The Marijuana Policy Project would again need 641 signatures, she said.

If they got them, Szeniawski and staff would verify the names as registered voters and again submit the petition to selectmen.

“It ultimately would become part of their responsibility,” she said.

Szeniawski said she believed the matter would have to go to court for a determination of whether the selectmen’s refusal to put the question on the ballot met the state statute definition for “reasonableness.”

“That would have to have to end up in court of law,” she said.

Boyer said he had spoken to Szeniawski.

“No,” he said when asked about getting signatures all over again. “They have the rules, they play by the rules.”

Voters in Portland approved a marijuana legalization ordinance at the polls last November.