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Legalize ND supports push for recreational marijuana in North Dakota Legislature

The team behind past attempts to legalize marijuana in North Dakota is supporting a bill in the legislature that would legalize recreational marijuana.

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FARGO — The team behind past attempts to legalize marijuana in North Dakota is supporting a bill in the legislature that would legalize recreational marijuana.

Legalize ND chair David Owen told WDAY News if House Bill 1420 passes, they will stop trying to get it on the ballot. Legalize ND put Measure 3 on the ballot in 2018, a measure that would have legalized recreational marijuana, getting 40% of voters to support it.

Even though it didn't pass, Owen is proud of the amount of votes the measure garnered.

He said Legalize ND would work with lawmakers on improving their bill and help implement it.

"When you do policy by ballot initiative, it is a last resort," Owen said. "It's when you've exhausted all other options. When they're willing to work with us, all other options haven't been exhausted.

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"Now, do I agree with everything in the bill? Of course not," he said. "But am I proud to fully support this bill and say let's get it through, let's get it done, this is a great bill because of what it represents? Yes."

Owen urges anyone who supports legalization of recreational marijuana to write to their local representatives before the state house votes on it on Tuesday, Feb. 23.

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