May 252012
 

North Dakotans to Begin Gathering Signatures for Medical Marijuana Initiative

north dakota marijuana

In Fargo, Democratic state Rep. Steve Zaiser is heading a campaign to legalize medical marijuana in North Dakota for anyone with a debilitating medical condition.

Under the proposed law, patients may grow and use marijuana, and possess up to 2.5 ounces. North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger is now reviewing the initiative, and must give a decision by June 1st. After Secretary Jaeger approves the initiative, supporters will begin gathering signatures.

To qualify for the general election, the medical marijuana initiative will need petition signatures from at least 13,452 eligible North Dakota voters. The petitions must be turned in by midnight Aug. 8.

Rep. Steve Zaiser, D-Fargo, a staunch believer in the medical benefits of marijuana, said,

“Marijuana has proven that it has helped people, and doctors will testify to that effect. I don’t want any more North Dakotans to suffer unnecessarily.”

Under the initiative, patients who have the following debilitating medical conditions will qualify:

Chronic Pain, PTSD, Nausea, Muscle Spasms, Alzheimers, Multiple Sclerosis, Cancer, AIDS/HIV, Glaucoma, Hepatitis C, ALS, Crohn’s disease, Seizures, Cachexia or wasting syndrome, or any other medical condition or its treatment added by the Department of Health.

Patients must first get certified by a physician, and can either grow their own meds, elect a caregiver, or buy medical cannabis from a state licensed dispensary.

If you are interested in learning more, or getting involved in the signature gathering process, the contact person for the commitee 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

Print Friendly

About TJ Green

I'm an Attorney, Activist, Chef, and Gardener--poking holes in the media filter that obscures the truth about ganja in this country daily.
  • Mark

    I am very interested in following this action as I would be willing to move to ND.

  • Ourvillagemastiffes

    We need to get the young people involved to get it passed in ND. Â

    • 420

      What you mean the young people. It more the old people cause our government been brain washing them go so long. Everyone thought weed was so bad cause out govenment been saying it’s for centuries. But as soon as they start saying it good we believe it is. Kinda seems like our govenment can control out minds in a way. Fuck the government

  • http://www.facebook.com/rgress2 Ron Gress

    I am very interested as well, I Live in North Dakota and I don’t like to take pharmasuticals for my ailements.

  • Tracie

    i AM ALSO IN nd Dickinson and would be willing along with many others to get this passed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jacob.siegler.7 Jacob Siegler

    i live in nd as well and i think its bogus that marijuana was ever illegal and that people can get prescribed 10000000 times worse med from the dr and drink booze every night hurt people from drinking start fights etc and smoke 3 packs of cigs a day and no trouble at all. while someone like me smokes a couple doobs now and then and the police wanna raid your house like your some kind of criminal when im sitting in my own home smoking. i quit smoking because of legal trouble with it years ago but only smoke due to my bipolar disorder. the drs want to prescribe me a bunch of pills that will send me into a manic episode, kill my liver, make me more depressed, keep me from working out and completely ruin my life. I constantly struggle with my bipolar and if i could smoke or use marijuana all my problems would be over. I have taken over 20 different prescriptions from so called caring drs and every time i either had extreme side effects physically or they didnt do anything or i had a nervous breakdown and went into self destruct. I think its in genesis in the bible…. and look i have given you all the plants and herbs to use….. not pills and booze…. thanks nd for treating me like a criminal my whole life when i never did anything wrong in the first place and when i did get into fights or trouble i was on your pills or booze….. booze is way more harmful…. booze and cigs together give me a break….. we need to legalize cannabis and i will support it to the grave…. MARIJUANA USERS SHOULD NOT BE TREATED LIKE CRIMINALIZED….. SOME MARIJUANA USERS OR DEALERS ARE GIVEN MORE TIME THAN CHILD MOLESTERS AND RAPISTS….. ITS A TRAVESTY…. WHEN THE PIGS CAME TO RAID ME BECAUSE MY NEIGHBOR SMELLED MY FUCKIN CATS…. THE PIGS PUT LEAVES IN AN EMPTY FISH AQUARIUM AND TRIED CHARGING ME WITH MANUFACTURING AND TOLD ME I WAS GOING TO PRISON FOR 10 YEARS UNLESS I WORKED FOR THEM TALK ABOUTBS…..
    LEGALIZE

  • http://www.facebook.com/jacob.siegler.7 Jacob Siegler

    also some mispelled words on previous post just so worked up i cant take it…. isnt it funny how they act like marijuana is so bad when people die every day drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes. hell you could even get a dui barely seeing straight and you ll get in more trouble if the cops came and found half a hit in your dresser drawer for home use only…. this bs needs to stop and honestly anyone who enforces the laws treating marijuana users like they are thieves and criminals needs a kick to the face…. i will be an advocate for marijuana if anyone wants to contact me i will help with whatever….. this is a joke even THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE—- clearly states one nation under god indivisible with liberty and justice for ALL… this isnt meth this isnt cocaine or a hallucinogen its marijuana something thats been being used for centuries.. IT IS MEDICINE … AND THE GATEWAY BS MYTH IS EXACTLY WHAT I SAID BS… booze and cigs are both gateway drugs…… There arent even any benefits from cigarettes or booze and there is hundreds of benefits with weed… those dirty pigs out there who read this and wanna bust me go ahead because i havent smoked in years….. itd be funny and i will press charges if harassed about these posts… i am sick of this hate marijuana users society especially when keeping it illegal is just hurting our economy and giving crooked politicians and illegal dealers money by the truckload….. how bout we all take our country back…. ANYONE WHO WANTS MARIJUANA USERS TO BE TREATED LIKE CRIMINALS probably never smoked marijuana themselves and more than likely has drank and smoked cigarettes…THINK OF ALL THE VIOLENCE AND SENSELESSNESS THAT WOULD BE COMPLETLY OBLITERATED IF PEOPLE SWITCHED TO MARIJUANA INSTEAD OF ALCOHOL…..ITS UNBELIEVABLE….
    and then people cant even get a job if they have marijuana in their system that is total bs.. when other people can be taking OTC meds non stop even on the job… But good citizens who take marijuana cant even smoke at home after their in for the night…… BS ITS JUST ONE OTHER THING WRONG WITH AMERICA TODAY

  • http://www.facebook.com/jacob.siegler.7 Jacob Siegler

    EVERYONE IS JUST SCARED BY THIS GUSTAPO BS ON MARIJUANA IN ND…. IN ND papers ive seen a rapist get 6 months when he is 30 for raping a 12 year old and they were trying to put me in jail for years for smoking some of gods gift….. THIS IS CRAZY…. IF ALL OF US MARIJUANA SUPPORTERS JUST STAND UP WE CAN OVERTHROW ALL OF THESE UNFAIR LAWS….. STAND UP PEOPLE OF ND ILL BE RIGHT THERE WITH YOU……
    WE GOT BIGGER PROBLEMS TO WORRY ABOUT….
    Think of how much meth use would go down if everyone could have marijuana….. THERE WOULD HARDLY BE ANY… why because half the retards that start meth do it BECAUSE ITS A TOXIN AND YOUR BODY FLUSHES IT OUT IN 3 DAYS SO THESE PEOPLE CAN PASS THEIR DRUG TESTS FOR WORK OR WHATEVER…
    Marijuana stays in your system for up to 3 months… WHY? because your body doesnt want to push it out because THC occurs naturally in the body….

  • http://www.facebook.com/jacob.siegler.7 Jacob Siegler

    MARIJUANA IS LESS HARMFUL THAN ALCOHOL AND CIGARETTES AND SHOULD BE COMPLETELY LEGALIZED FOR ALL TO USE OVER THE AGE OF 21
    WHY DONT THEY HAVE PRESCRIPTIONS FOR HARD ALCOHOL? BECAUSE ALL IT IS IS POISON BUT ALL THE MARIJUANA HATERS DONT EVER THINK OF THAT DO THEY …. of course not they re too retarded to connect the dots.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jacob.siegler.7 Jacob Siegler

    AND BY THE WAY SHOUT OUT TO SNOOP FOR BEING A RETARD… THANKS FOR SETTING BACK THE MOVEMENT by saying you smoke 81 blunts a day… Ive been to one of your concerts and used to think you were half way cool but now your a frickin retard man…. 81 a day NO WONDER EVERYBODY DOESNT WANT IT LEGALIZED BECAUSE THEIR SCARED PEOPLE ARE GONNA BE RETARDS AND SMOKE 81 BLUNTS A DAY…. SNOOP SOMEONE OUGHTA SLAP YOUR FACE….. your a retard strait up… YOU RUIN MARIJUANA USE FOR PEOPLE WHO NEED IT BECAUSE YOU WANNA ABUSE IT
    THANKS WAY TO BE GANGSTER SNOOP…. MORE LIKE AMATUER BABY RETARD

    • stephenj

      Shut up beat yourself up and quit depending on celebs to compare shit when u r stupid rich u do stupid rich shit dont hate the player hate the game

    • Medical 420

      What’s so bad about 81 blunts a day? You can go to colordo and by 2 oz a day if your a patient and now an oz if you just recreational.

  • Casper

    I want to see this go thro . I would help in any way possible

  • citizen

    ND needs to start another petition for cannabis use and get REAL signatures for 2014