North Dakota took a big first step toward legalizing recreational marijuana on Tuesday, with members of the state’s House of Representatives passing a pair of bills that would pave the way for the new law.
HB 1420 passed by a vote of 56-38, while HB 1501 was approved by a 73-21 margin.
According to the Bismarck Tribune, the effort was spearheaded by a pair of Republican lawmakers “who said they are personally opposed to recreational marijuana” but “brought the bills to head off citizen-initiated efforts to legalize marijuana through the constitution, after South Dakota voters did just that last year.”
One bill “would restrict recreational marijuana to people 21 and older, limit possession to 1 ounce, limit and track purchase amounts, limit use to private property and ban home growing,” according to the Bismarck Tribune, and would also “limit the number of growers to seven and dispensaries to 18, all registered with the state.”
Momentum For Marijuana In The Region
It is the latest sign that the legalization movement has real momentum