BISMARCK -- A group seeking to legalize marijuana in North Dakota resubmitted on Friday its petition to put the issue up to a statewide vote.
The sponsoring committee of the initiated measure had to resubmit its paperwork after its initial filing used out-of-date listing of state laws that would need to be changed to legalize marijuana.
The secretary of state’s office will review the revised paperwork. It will draft a summary of the petition that would be used in the signature-gathering process as soon as March 4 and no later than March 8.
The sponsoring committee would then have until July 11 to gather the 13,452 signatures needed to get the measure on the statewide ballot in November.
If approved, it would make it legal for those over age 21 to grow, possess, use and distribute marijuana and would prevent the state from requiring a license to do so.
The measure also would bar the state, cities and counties from taxing marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia at more than 20 percent.
Eric Olson of Fargo is the chairman of the 26-member sponsoring committee.
The group’s effort is separate from another proposal to legalize marijuana only for medical use.