An activist group in North Dakota has submitted language for an initiative petition that would legalize recreational marijuana in the state. The group, Legalize ND, turned in the required paperwork for the legalization initiative to the office of the secretary of state on Thursday.
If the initiative succeeds at the ballot box, the recreational use of cannabis by adults 21 and older would be legalized. The law would permit adults to possess and transport up to 2 ounces of prepared cannabis. Home cultivation of cannabis would not be legalized.
The measure would also establish a three-member marijuana control commission responsible for licensing cannabis businesses in the state. The initiative would grant local governments the power to regulate the location and operation of marijuana businesses in their jurisdictions.
A 10% excise tax on cannabis products would be used to fund regulation of the industry, with any leftover revenues being divided among six state budget funds. Purchases of recreational marijuana would also be subject to sales tax.
Eliminating Collateral Damage
David Owen, the chairman of Legalize ND, said in a radio interview on Wednesday that the reform of cannabis laws would eliminate the collateral damage of minor marijuana offenses. The initiative would