- Associated Press - Thursday, August 11, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger says supporters of a ballot initiative campaign that would legalize marijuana for medical purposes have gathered enough signatures to put the issue to a statewide vote.

Supporters of the so-called North Dakota Compassionate Care Act needed about 13,500 qualified signatures to put it to a statewide vote in the Nov. 8 general election. Jaeger said Thursday the measure’s backers turned in more than 17,200 qualified signatures.

With voters’ approval, the initiative would make it legal for residents to possess up to 3 ounces of marijuana for medical purposes. It says those who qualify could obtain the drug from a state-licensed dispensary or grow a limited supply for personal use.

In South Dakota, a judge this week denied an appeal to get a medical marijuana measure on the ballot.


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