Should Grand Forks residents sign that petition? Although we won’t sign it, we still say “sure.” All that a petition does is gather signatures in hopes of putting the issue to a statewide vote later in the year.
A report from Forum Communications earlier this year showed how a grassroots campaign of volunteers is working to raise $2 million to fund the effort to get recreational marijuana legalized in North Dakota.
This push actually began in the mid-1990s when California was the first to legalize marijuana for general use. In the years since, numerous states — including North Dakota — have legalized marijuana for medical use, but not recreational use.
It used to be that legalizing recreational marijuana was a rarity, but that’s not so anymore. It’s now legal in nine states, mostly in the West and extreme Northeast: Washington, Oregon, Nevada, California, Alaska, Colorado, Vermont, Maine and Rhode Island.
In a February interview with Forum News Service, Josh Dryer, campaign manager for a group called Legalize ND, said “we want the plant to be treated like your grandmother’s marigolds.”
We have a few issues with legalizing marijuana for recreational use, and Dryer’s “grandmother’s marigolds” comment is among them.
You see, backers of recreational marijuana want to convince others that pot is just a simple plant — nothing more. They tell us this even as many researchers contend pot is getting genetically stronger over time.
Thanks to the increased strength and newfangled pot derivatives that are being produced, marijuana today isn’t like the weed smoked in the 1960s or ’70s. And it certainly isn’t anywhere near as harmless as grandma’s marigolds.
Too, it’s still illegal at the federal level. That means something to us, and we appreciated President Trump’s decision earlier this year to free prosecutors to more aggressively enforce