Bismarck, ND: State officials on Monday affirmed that advocates have collected sufficient signatures to place an adult use marijuana initiative on the November ballot.
The voter-initiated measure, organized by the grass-roots group Legalize North Dakota, seeks to legalize the possession, use, and sale of cannabis, as well as the possession of marijuana paraphernalia, by those over the age of 21. It also expunges past marijuana convictions. The proposed ballot language strikes cannabis-related offenses from the state’s criminal code, and also caps any potential retail taxes on commercial sales of the substance.
“Marijuana legalization is no longer a regional or partisan issue … and I expect North Dakota voters to send shockwaves across the country this fall when they join the growing contingent of states that have chosen the sensible path of legalization and regulation over prohibition and incarceration,” NORML’s Executive Director Erik Altieri said.
In 2016, nearly two-thirds of state voters approved a ballot measure regulating medical cannabis access. However, state officials have yet to make the program operational – with regulators now aiming to have licensed dispensaries up and running by June 2019.
Activists have acknowledged that regulators’ failure to swiftly implement the 2016 measure was the impetus for the 2018 campaign.
Voters in Michigan will also be deciding on an initiative to regulate the adult possession, use, and sale of marijuana this November, while voters in Utah and Missouri will decide on medical marijuana access measures.
For more information, contact Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director, at (202) 483-5500, or visit the LegalizeND website at: http://www.legalizeND.com.