An initiative to legalize marijuana in North Dakota has officially qualified for the November general election ballot.
According to the North Dakota secretary of state’s office, Legalize ND submitted more than the 13,500 valid signatures required to place their marijuana legalization initiative on the November 6 ballot.
The proposal, if passed, would give North Dakota one of the least restrictive legalization laws in the country. It would allow those 21 and older to possess, cultivate and distribute marijuana for recreational purposes. The initiative would legalize all forms of marijuana, including oils and hash,
In addition, the initiative establishes a 3-step system for marijuana expungements:
Step 1.) The state begins to analyze all those currently in prison with charges that would be applicable under the law and flags them for expungment. Step 2.) 30 days after their release from prison, the state shall automatically expunge their records. Step 3.) The state then has 10 additional days to send via certified mail notification of such an event occurring.
If that state fails to expunge a record that qualifies, the person has a right to a court appeal. If the person wins the court appeal, they can sue the state for fiscal