North Dakota Activists Submit 2022 Marijuana Legalization Ballot Initiative

North Dakota activists are gearing up for a push to put marijuana legalization on the state’s 2022 ballot.

A measure to allow adults 21 and older to possess and cultivate cannabis for personal use was submitted to Secretary of State Al Jaeger on Monday. If it’s accepted, the campaign will be able to start signature gathering to qualify for the ballot.

The same team behind the new measure came close to putting a similar measure on the state’s ballot last year, but petitioning efforts were impeded by the coronavirus pandemic. A separate group of advocates, Legalize ND, also attempted to qualify a different legalization initiative in 2020 that would have allowed retail sales but excluded a home grow option.