Petitions for Medical Marijuana in North Dakota to be submitted
Supporters of the North Dakota Compassionate Care Act are looking to submit their petition signatures to the Secretary of State on Monday.
Riley Ray Morgan is the chairman of the group gathering petition signatures to push a medical marijuana initiative before North Dakota voters, as he claims the group has successfully reached the signature count for November ballot access.
In an interview with The Bismarck Tribune, Morgan says, "We're at about 15,500...We should be in pretty good shape."
To be included on the November 8th ballot, a total of 13,452 signatures are needed.
Should the measure pass, it would allow people to have up to 3 ounces of medical marijuana for treatment of about nearly a dozen medical conditions. The state Health Department would license facilities for medical marijuana distribution and these facilities would be operated by nonprofit organizations. Citizens living 40 miles from a licensed facility would be able to grow as many as eight marijuana plants after providing proper notification to law enforcement while growing the plants in an enclosed facility.
There is also currently a separate marijuana measure that would legalize the substance, while its signature collection is being finalized. That group’s chairman recently said he expects to file prior to the Monday deadline at midnight.