There’s an effort in neighboring North Dakota to let voters decide this fall whether to legalize recreational marijuana. Anyone over age 21 would be allowed to purchase and use limited amount of marijuana from registered establishments, and Fargo Attorney Mark Frieze says it leaves existing laws intact and avoids pitalls of previous proposals. “This measure was drafted in consultation with experts across the country with new attention to the wishes of the people of North Dakota,” he says.
If the secretary of state approves the initiative, the group “New Approach North Dakota” would have to gather over 15-thousand signatures by July 11th to put the measure on the November ballot.
In Minnesota, the Democrat-controlled House voted nearly a year ago to legalize recreational cannabis. Governor Tim Walz supports it, but the measure has seen no movement this session in the Republican-controlled Minnesota Senate.