The chairman of a group that wants to legalize medical marijuana in North Dakota said they will submit a petition Tuesday to the Secretary of State’s Office for approval so they can start gathering signatures to try to put the measure to voters next year.
Rilie Ray Morgan, a financial advisor from Fargo, said he’s optimistic about the measure’s chances, despite state lawmakers snuffing out a similar bill in February.
“Even though we are a conservative state, I think most of the voters in this state would view this as an alternative to prescription drugs that we know are harmful,” he said.
If the petition language is approved, the 27-member North Dakota Committee for Medical Marijuana and its volunteers will have to gather 13,452 valid signatures by July 11 to get the statutory measure on the November 2016 general election ballot. [Read more at the Grand Forks Herald]