BISMARCK – After having their petition rejected last week, supporters of a proposed ballot measure to legalize medical marijuana in North Dakota submitted a revised version Monday with all of the required elements that had been missing, Secretary of State Al Jaeger said.
Jaeger now has five to seven business days to provide the 27-member sponsoring committee with a petition title that sums up the petition, which the committee then will review for corrections and give back to him so he can issue a letter approving the petition for circulation.
The North Dakota Committee for Medical Marijuana must gather 13,452 valid signatures by July 11 to get the statutory measure on the November 2016 general election ballot.
Committee chairman Rilie Ray Morgan of Fargo said they hope to start in mid-November and collect about 15,000 signatures as a buffer in case some are rejected.
“I think that’s pretty attainable,” he said.
The measure would legalize possession of up to 3 ounces of medical marijuana for treatment of about a dozen debilitating medical conditions. State-licensed facilities would dispense the marijuana, though people living more than 40 miles from the nearest dispensary could grow up to eight marijuana plants in an enclosed, locked facility after notifying law enforcement.
Jaeger said the petition submitted Monday contains the sponsoring committee affidavits and signature pages that were missing last week, as well as the section of state law where the new law would go. However, the numbering in the 37-page petition doesn’t correspond with the numbering in the North Dakota Century Code, and Jaeger said it’s unclear whether that’s something he can change.
“That’ll be one thing that’ll be reviewed to see if we’re able to provide that as a correction,” he said.
Jaeger said the petition accepted Monday is the longest he’s reviewed since he began as secretary of state in 1993.