Jun 052012
 June 5, 2012

North Dakota marijuanaGreat news out of North Dakota as Secretary of State Al Jaeger has approved a ballot measure that would allow people to use marijuana legally for medical reasons. Jaeger’s Monday announcement allows medical marijuana advocates to begin gathering signatures to put the issue on the 2012 ballot.

The 22-page initiative would make it legal for North Dakota residents to possess up to 2 ½ ounces of marijuana for medical purposes. It allows those who qualify could obtain the medicine from a state-licensed dispensary or grow a limited supply for personal use.

In order to qualify for the ballot, they’ll need at least 13,452 valid names by midnight Aug. 8 to get on the November ballot.

If approved by voters, the initiative would allow someone who suffers from a debilitating illness to use marijuana with a doctor’s permission. It lists cancer, post-traumatic stress disorder, glaucoma and other illnesses as examples of debilitating conditions. The state Health Department would be in charge of licensing and regulation. The law also bars medical marijuana use on school buses and grounds, and in jails and prisons. It prohibits smoking marijuana in public and does not exempt medical marijuana users from laws against driving while impaired.

The chairman of the initiative effort is state Rep. Steve Zaiser, a Democratic lawmaker from Fargo.

If you are interested in learning more, or getting involved in the signature gathering process, the contact person for the committee sponsoring the bill is Dave Schwartz of North Dakotans for Compassionate Care (701) 361-5800.

Here is a link to the full text of the 22 page initiative:

http://legacy.inforum.com/pdfs/Medical%20Marijuana%20Petition.pdf

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About Jay Smoker

I have been smoking marijuana for almost twenty years and I have no plans to stop anytime soon. My life was turned upside down in 2009 after getting arrested and tossed in jail for being in the wrong state with legal medical marijuana. I got fed up, and I now devote all my time to ending this insanity.I am responsible for the technical side of this project, but try to chip in when I can, either with syndicated articles or original content.Follow me on Facebook and Twitter.Feel free to email. any questions or concerns. Peace!
  • http://www.facebook.com/people/TJ-Green/100003804833983 TJ Green

    Yay! Nice job ND.Â

  • Lalistaines

    Making medical marijuana available for ND residence is a huge step. There are so many people who suffer from mood disorders and chronic pain. They are always afraid to be prosecuted. They should be taken care of. Many of these people have served our country and some of these people are our loved ones. These people may not want to take 14 pills for pain. They could try a more natural option.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mary.tinnes.94 Mary Tinnes

      i am one of those who takes 14 pills a day, narcotics too, no less, but doctors want to put a needle in my spine instead of pills… no thanks, that just scares the crap outta me, putting a needle in my spine.

  • jessi

    i am on narcotics and muscle relaxers for pain, thats 4 pills every 4 hours, {24 a day}. the doctor is trying to push me into getting a shot in my spine, no cure just a different way of masking the pain. the thought of a needle in my spine terrifies me. so yeah, another alternative to narcotics would be welcome, with narcotics i risk becoming addicted. as for driving under the influance of medical marijuana, the same goes for driving under narcotics. it would be nice to enjoy an active pain free life. not have the doctors say ” cant you just stop doing stuff that makes you hurt more” i wanna live, not wait to die

  • Coppertop

    good luck on this measure – while I agree that pot should be legal and believe it has medical positives and less harmful than narcotics prescribed by an MD or alcohol – I doubt ND will pass this…too many old timers there that think old school. ND has the highest percentage of binge drinkers (youth and under 30 yrs old) than any other state. Change doesn’t go over too well there…neither does an outsider moving in…I know this from experience. Hope this passes.

  • Eric Dailey

    I wanted some help for chronic pain and have been told no by a multitude od Dr’s whom did nothing to help me. I have lost 3 jobs due to my injuries and not having pain mngt. Which have cost me thousands in legal fees. I have never abused pain meds or alcohol to increase the quality of my life. The medical system has failed me and many others greatly. I would even go as far to raise the drinking age and mmj. use to 25 years old. Let the traditional Dr’s methods be used on the youth. After students are out of collage then they can decide for themselves if their treatments are working or not.