North Dakota Activists File New Marijuana Legalization Initiative For 2022 Ballot

North Dakota Activists File New Marijuana Legalization Initiative For 2022 Ballot
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North Dakota activists on Monday filed a petition to put marijuana legalization on the state’s November ballot after an earlier attempt to do so legislatively failed last year. New Approach North Dakota’s measure would allow adults 21 and older to purchase and possess up to one ounce of cannabis and grow up to three plants for personal use. Its provisions largely mirror the House-passed legalization bill that was ultimately rejected by the Senate. The coalition backing the new measure includes former law enforcement, a state lawmaker, local advocates and the national Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), which has been behind numerous successful reform initiatives. The petition filed with the secretary of state must now undergo a review with that office, as well as with the attorney general, before being potentially approved for signature gathering. “This is direct democracy in action,” David Owen, a longtime activist in the state and campaign manager for New Approach North Dakota, said in a press release. “We’re excited to launch our signature drive, start talking with voters, and begin building support for our measure across the state.” Here’s a breakdown of the measure’s key provisions:  Adults 21 and older could purchase and possess up to one ounce of cannabis, four grams of marijuana concentrate and flower produced from up to three plants grown for personal use, as long as that cannabis is stored in the same location that the plant was cultivated. The Department of Health and Human Services, or a different agency designated by the legislature, would be responsible for creating rules for the program and overseeing licensing for marijuana businesses. Regulators would have until October 1, 2023 to develop rules related to security, advertising, labeling, packaging and testing standards. The department could only license a maximum of seven cultivation facilities and 18 retailers. In…

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