What that regulation will look like probably won’t begin to take shape unless voters approve the ballot measure in November.
Legalize ND is collecting signatures for a petition that calls for the legalization of marijuana. If put on the ballot, voters would decide if the use, sale, possession and distribution of marijuana for anyone at least 21 years old should be legal.
“Our philosophy was, it is less dangerous than alcohol. Therefore, it must be regulated less than alcohol,” said Dave Owen, the chair of Legalize ND. “We envision a world where a marijuana owner is no longer viewed as a menace to society and a shady guy. We envision one where he is treated as a respected member of the community because he is providing a service.”
The petition has no limit on how much marijuana a person can have, nor does it create any legislation that would regulate the sale of marijuana.
That was an intentional move by Legalize ND. The group behind writing the petition wanted to accomplish four issues: legalize marijuana for individuals at least 21 years old, expunge marijuana-related records without early release, create a business-friendly, low-level regulation approach to the potential law and protect businesses from the federal government while making a law that fits the state’s agricultural culture, Owen said.
Legalize ND did not want legalization to be delayed in the Legislature, so no appropriations or regulations that would require the development of a regulatory agency were put into the petition, Owen said.
In other words, if the majority of North Dakota voters check the “yes” box in November, marijuana would be legal in the state 30 days later, according to organizers.
“It puts the onus on them to add regulation and, therefore, they cannot use a lack of funding as a reason