North Dakota legalization advocates are hoping to put recreational cannabis legalization on the ballot in 2020, two years after a different initiative failed by a 59 to 41 percent margin. This version of the measure would allow adults 21-and-older to possess up to two ounces of cannabis, not allow home-growing or public consumption, and tax sales at 10 percent.
Under the measure, selling to minors and “obviously intoxicated” persons would be a Class A misdemeanor, there would be limits on advertising, penalties for driving under the influence, and employers would be allowed to ban employees from consumption. The bill also includes a requirement that any amount of cannabis over one ounce in a private residence would need to be secured in order to prevent underage use.
The industry would be regulated by a governor-appointed, three-member, non-partisan Marijuana Control Commission. The governor could also choose to appoint a 10-member Marijuana Advisory Board to make recommendations on regulations.
Half of the tax revenues would be allocated to the general fund; 10 percent to Health and Human Services for drug treatment programs; 10 percent to the Department of Education; 10 percent to the Legacy Fund, which is controlled by the Retirement and Investment Office; 10 percent to Parks and Recreation; and 10 percent to the Commerce Department for workforce development.
According to the report, another group is hoping to put a constitutional amendment to voters that would end cannabis prohibition in the state altogether. The legislature recently passed a law removing the criminal penalties for possession of less than a half-ounce from a misdemeanor to an infraction.
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