Advocates of the North Dakota Compassionate Care Act 2016 have collected more than enough signatures to put their measure to a vote of the people this November; they plan to submit the signatures to the Secretary of State this morning.
Under the proposed law, the possession and use of medical cannabis will be legal for those with a qualifying condition such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, glaucoma and epilepsy, given they receive a recommendation from a physician. State-licensed dispensaries would be legalized as a means of safe access to the medicine, and those living 40 or more miles from a dispensary would be authorized to grow up to eight plants.
In total advocates are submitting close to 20,000 signatures, more than the 13,500 required to put the initiative to a vote this November. However, it won’t be officially placed on the November ballot until the state verifies that enough of the signatures are valid (from registered North Dakota voters).
The full initiative can be found by clicking here.