Yesterday, North Dakota’s Senate rejected a marijuana legalisation reform, making a proposed reform that was House –approved in February be futile.
With the legislation’s progress in 2021, multiple legislators have underscored that they don’t support recreational legalisation. However, they wanted to stay ahead of activitists who are making efforts to create a more comprehensive constitutional measure to implement the reform on the next year’s ballot.
However, with the legislators failing to ascend the governor’s signature, it appears that residents may decide upon legalising marijuana.
Senators defeated the marijuana legislation measure in a 10-37 ‘don’t pass’ vote. This arrives days after the state’s Senate Human Services Committee approved Representative Docker Jason’s proposal in a five-one vote, minus a recommendation.
Also, the Senate unanimously rejected a different reform associated with marijuana taxes and temporarily puts aside a different reform to expand North Dakota’s current marijuana decriminalisation law.
David Owens (president of Legalize ND- a pro-reform association) said that they‘re saddened that ND’s Senate failed to follow the House’s example, and they’ll be launching their ballot measure soon. He added that they had said if the Senate failed to pass the reform, they would work on a ballot measure.
The pro-reform panel was one of various pro-legalisation commission that supported the legislation. It noted that the reform would be move in the appropriate direction, regardless of whether it is more prohibitive than the proposed measure, that would change the area’s constitution.
Legalise ND put a legalisation initiative in the 2018 ballot, which was struck down by voters. They attempted qualifying another measure in 2020; however, signature collection issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic hindered the process.
The panel will attempt again for the 2022 session. A different group of advocates has already submitted its proposed cannabis authorisation ballot measure for the coming year.