The people behind the ballot initiative for the legalization of recreational cannabis in North Dakota are determined to give it another try in 2020.
According to Legalize ND head David Owen, they are 100 percent sure that they will try to pass a recreational cannabis bill in the state in 2020.
It can be recalled that the ballot measure failed during the Midterm elections earlier this month after getting only 41 percent approval from voters. The bill passed in only four counties, one being the largest in the state — Cass Country — and the three being Indian reservations.
Overall, only 132,199 voted in favor of the bill, while 193,837 voters opposed it.
Owen said that they have North Dakota attorneys to write a new proposed language for the 2020 ballot initiative.
He explained that the difference with the new proposal is that it will include provisions for tax revenue from cannabis sales, as well as limits on the amount of pot a person can possess and the number of cannabis plants they can grow.
Owen also said that other regulations are being planned.
He added that it will be a more traditional legalization bill and will be similar to the ones that have been previously passed in other states.
Owen further assured that if state lawmakers would work on a decriminalization bill in the upcoming legislative session, which begins January, he would totally support that step.
As long as people are kept out of prison for cannabis-related wrongdoings and they are allowed to have the drug at home for their medication needs, he is “all for it,” he said. Owen pointed out that he does not smoke cannabis himself.
He also said that they will keep the same leadership team for their 2020 plan.