FARGO – One day, Justin Ludtke hopes to tell stories to his children about the old days when marijuana was illegal, just like speakeasy tales from the Prohibition of the 1920s, when alcohol was banned across the country.
“The government is out of touch,” Ludtke said. “And I’m glad to finally see this day.” Ludtke drove from Mandan on Saturday to join city and state leaders, volunteers, and hopeful Fargoans in their drive to legalize marijuana by creating a measure the state may get the chance to vote on this November.
“If six percent of all farmland in the state was for marijuana, it would pay for the entire annual budget,” David Owen, chairman of Legalize ND, said. “It would be a win, win, win.”
He’s done his homework, he said, and has looked at prices per pound in other states. With a minimum requirement of 13,452 signatures, Owen is shooting for more, and said he is ahead of schedule.
Nearly 30 people showed up for Legalize ND’s first fundraiser, and listened to Fargo City Commissioner Tony Gehrig and Representative from District 11, Gretchen Dobervich, speak on why they support the legalization of marijuana in North Dakota.
Legalize ND, based out of Grand Forks, is pushing for full legalization of marijuana for all over 21 years of age, and expunging records for everyone with marijuana-related crimes. They’re plan to put the measure on the ballot this year, just as the North Dakota Medical Marijuana Initiative was approved overwhelmingly in November 2016.
“It’s time to end the drug war, it’s time to stop creating new victims, it’s time to allow people to move and live their lives, it’s time to Legalize