Even local law enforcement poked fun at the day.
Tweets from University of North Dakota Police and Fargo Police announced contests with prizes going to who can bring in the most marijuana, and Wyoming, Minnesota police set up what they call “Munchie Traps.”
Marijuana for recreational use is illegal in North Dakota, but one man is hoping to change that.
“It’s ending the prohibition, full legalization.”
Josh Dryer is the campaign manager for the Legalize North Dakota Campaign.
He says over the winter, his campaign has gained momentum.
“We hit 8,000 signatures just right after the winter was over. We’re already now up to 11,000,” says Dryer.
Right now, eight states have legalized marijuana for recreational use.
Dryer says with other states legalizing it, the stigma about marijuana users is beginning to disappear.
“The good thing about other states legalizing it, is now these people are coming forward. You know, it’s not the image of the lazy teenager on the couch anymore.”
The petition needs 13,500 signatures by July to put the bill on the ballot.
Opposers raise questions about drug-impaired driving and minors who are under the influence, but some in Fargo say they wouldn’t be opposed.
Here’s what a few had to say:
“I would say legalize because there are more people dying off of alcohol than anyone’s ever died off of marijuana.”
“As a six-year opiate addict, I think it’s a really beneficial change.”
“I see the benefits that have come from it in Colorado, and just like the economy growth and all that stuff. So, if it was an option, I’d probably vote yes.”
Medical marijuana in North Dakota was made legal in 2016, with 63 percent of voters voting “yes.”
The Department of Health is in the process of choosing application periods for dispensaries and