North Dakota Will Vote on Recreational Marijuana This November
Voters in North Dakota will vote on a recreational marijuana initiative this November, officials announced Monday. Secretary of State Al Jaegers has verified that activists have collected enough signatures to qualify the measure for the November ballot.
Dave Owen is the leader of Legalize ND, the group that sponsored the initiative. He said that it is “very simple” and “implementable on day one,” according to local media.
“This (measure) is basically a referendum,” Owen said. “Do you want recreational marijuana? Yes or no.”
In July, Legalize ND submitted 17,695 signatures from North Dakotans who support the measure. The secretary of state’s office determined that 14,637 of the signatures were valid, exceeding the 13,452 necessary to qualify for the ballot.
No Limits on Possession, Cultivation
If passed, the initiative will legalize personal possession and cultivation of cannabis in North Dakota. But unlike laws that have legalized recreational cannabis use in other states, the North Dakota initiative does not set any limits on the amount of cannabis a person can possess or grow. The measure also authorizes commercial cultivation and sales of marijuana.
Erik Altieri, the executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), congratulated the activists who