North Dakota was one of two states attempting to legalize recreational marijuana.
While it passed in Michigan, North Dakota voted against Ballot Measure 3, the measure that would have de-scheduled pot in the state and expunged all non-violent marijuana related crimes.
One of the supporters told KX News he’ll continue to fight for legalization, for those who need marijuana medicine and won’t be able to get access to it under the strict guidelines currently in place.
The Supporter, Darius Endres explains, “The types of symptoms and illnesses that a person needs to have to qualify for a medical card is very slim. So you have to have one of the illnesses, you have to be able to afford the medicinal, and then you have to hope you have a hospital that’s going to play a part in the medicinal role. So with all of those factors, the chances of getting a medical card are very slim. Measure 3 frees that up for everybody.”
Endres says he will be a part of the support group for the next election, but hopes in the meantime, President Trump steps in and legalizes Marijuana federally.
We spoke to the author of Measure 3, Dave Owen. He says he thinks the measure was written well, but knows there has been some criticism.
Owen is willing to meet with legislators in crafting legislation that works for all North Dakotans. For now, he’s not certain there will be another go-round for Legalize ND.
Owen adds, “We’ll all have to meet up, all the sponsors and figure out, ‘Are we willing to try again?’ and I can’t speak for 29 other people. I know where I’m at personally, and that is, I would personally try again. But I’ve got to see what the sponsorship committee wants to do.”
He added, it’s never been his intention to make DUIs legal or smoking in public. His drive in writing this measure was to clear records and give non-violent offenders a fresh lease on life.