North Dakota Activists Officially Turn In Signatures For Marijuana Legalization Ballot Initiative

North Dakota Activists Officially Turn In Signatures For Marijuana Legalization Ballot Initiative
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North Dakota activists on Monday turned in what they believe to be more than enough signatures to place a marijuana legalization initiative on the November ballot. The campaign New Approach ND delivered 25,762 signatures to the secretary of state’s office, which will now go through a verification process before the measure is potentially qualified. Activists need 15,582 valid signatures from registered voters to make the cut. This development comes about three months after the campaign was cleared by the state to begin the signature drive. The initiative 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. “So many people I spoke to were excited to sign our petition, strongly supporting the initiative for a wide variety of reasons,” New Approach ND Treasurer Mark Friese said in a press release. “Having practiced criminal law for more than 20 years, and as a former police officer, it is obvious the status quo of arresting adults for small amounts of marijuana doesn’t make our communities any safer—it only wastes limited law enforcement and court resources. I’m looking forward to presenting the facts about this issue to more and more voters as November approaches.” Secretary of State Al Jaeger’s office has rejected two other ballot initiatives on unrelated issues this cycle after determining that many of the signatures those campaigns collected were invalid, but New Approach ND campaign manager David Owens said that they are confident that they took the necessary precautions to ensure that their measure will be accepted. While the campaign had already secured more than 21,000 signatures ahead of the weekend, organizers held events across the state to expand that…

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