BISMARCK, N.D. — Supporters of legalizing recreational marijuana in North Dakota are once again hoping to bring the matter to voters.
Secretary of State Al Jaeger says he received a draft petition on Tuesday and is reviewing it. If it’s approved, supporters would need to gather and submit at least 13,452 valid signatures to get a proposed measure on the ballot.
Petition sponsor Dave Owen of Grand Forks says the petition seeks to make it legal to grow, possess, use and distribute marijuana for people 21 and older. It also seeks to seal the records of anyone convicted of a marijuana-related crime that would be made legal under the measure.
Supporters of legalizing recreational marijuana fell short on petition signatures in 2016, but voters approved a ballot measure legalizing medical marijuana in November 2016.