In This Podcast: Josh Dryer, the man behind legalized recreational marijuana in ND.
His website “Legalize ND” says this about cannabis.
“Unlike legal substances such as prescription opiates, alcohol, Tylenol, and even water, marijuana has never caused a single medically documented overdose death in recorded history. Alcohol causes hundreds of overdose deaths each year, and in 2013 (the latest year for which data is available), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 29,001 “alcohol-induced deaths.” The British government’s official scientific body on drug policy concluded that [legally regulated drugs] alcohol and tobacco are “significantly more harmful than marijuana.” It’s time to stop penalizing Americans who use the safer substance.”
What would the initiative do if authorized and passed?
“The measure legalizes the use, sale, possession, and distribution of marijuana for anyone 21 years or older. For anyone under the age of 21, the law creates a new specific subset of non-felony penalties. Additionally, the law legalizes “paraphernalia” for marijuana exclusively. Finally, records are expunged for anyone that followed the new law even if it occurred in the past, except for cases of someone being under the age of 21.”
The petitions are on-the-streets. They’re more than halfway in the drive to get the 13,000 or so signatures required for the bill to be put on the ballot for voters to decide. Should North Dakota make marijuana legal?
Are there downsides to legalizing pot? Would children get their hands on it? (Not legally.) Are there ways law enforcement can determine if you’re “under the influence?” (Yes.) Would legalizing marijuana turn weed into “Big Pot” like “Big Tobacco?” (Hope not.) Is North Dakota’s “the most liberal” proposal in the country? (Nope.)