Marijuana legalization could be on 2018 ballot – Wahpeton Daily News

By Jan. 1, 2019, recreational marijuana use could be fully legal in North Dakota.

The North Dakota Marijuana Legalization and Automatic Expungement Initiative is a measure under consideration by residents. It calls for removing hashish, marijuana and tetrahydrocannabinol from the list of Schedule I controlled substances in the North Dakota Century Code.

At the same time, the measure would add penalties for individuals under age 21 who are either in possession of marijuana, attempting to distribute marijuana or distributing marijuana to anyone under the age of 21.

“The goal is decriminalize, legalize, taxation and regulation,” said U.S. Senate candidate Dustin Peyer. 

Peyer intends to replace Sen. Heidi Heitkamp as North Dakota’s 2018 Democratic Senate candidate. The Driscoll, North Dakota, firefighter’s campaign platform includes “ending the failed War on Drugs.”

“Prohibition only makes drug cartels more powerful, increases crime and makes drugs more dangerous due to lack of enforced safety standards,” Peyer said on his website. “While most users range from recreational to moderate, rehabilitation and treatment should be provided for people struggling with addiction. Additionally, those serving time for nonviolent drug offenses should be pardoned.”

According to Peyer, he stands with the North Dakota Marijuana Legalization and Automating Expungement Initiative. He is a member of the initiative’s sponsoring committee, which consists of 

28 men and women.

“(The initiative) will not only legalize a small amount of marijuana but will allow for taxation to not exceed alcohol and remove peoples’ prior non-violent criminal offenses. This does not prohibit employers from giving drug tests as it would be no different than if you came to work drunk,” Peyer continued.

For Peyer, decriminalization along

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