On Friday, North Dakota’s state secretary accepted the layout of a proposed cannabis measure, making way for advocates to gather signatures to include it in the 2022 ballot. In that light, a republican legislator is proposing a marijuana authorization reform despite that he doesn’t support the underlying reform.
Representative Dockter Jason said he acknowledges the potential inevitability of licenses cannabis reaching North Dakota since more nearby states are implementing the reform as activists gather more momentum for their course. In case the state implements authorization, Jason wants the legislature to determine what that measure looks like rather than leaving it the task for advocacy groups.
Jason’s 1420 House Bill would permit 21 and older adults to purchase and possess not more than an ounce of cannabis for personal utility; however, home growing will still be unlawful.
Authorized Cultivation institutions that offer marijuana products to retailers can cultivate an amount of cannabis enough to satisfy public demands.
According to the proposal, licensed marijuana sales would commence on 1st February 2022.
Legalize ND, the pro-reform campaign, seconds the bill. The panel tabled an authorization program on the 2018 ballot vote that failed to ascend, thanks to voters. They attempted qualifying another measure in 2020 but signature collection complications were choked due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
It’s uncertain whether they’ll still pursue prior plans for 2022 in accordance to the new reform, which they claimed they appreciate and is the outcome of engaging legislators in over half-year’s worth of negotiations.
Another advocates panel has already submitted its 2022 marijuana decriminalization measure that would ensure adults possess cannabis and cultivate not more than twelve crops (six should be mature).
On Friday, Al Jaeger (the state secretary) said that the group can start working to collect the 26,904 signatures from the state’s registered voters.