Secretary of State Al Jaeger’s office has received for review a petition backing a constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana.

While I support legalizing marijuana, this proposed policy is a terrible idea, all the more so because the policy would be enshrined in the state constitution. Where this sort of policy ought not be.

But more on that in a moment. Before we get to the myriad problems with the measure (they, uh, misspelled North Dakota, if you can believe it) let’s take a look at who is behind it.

The list of the 37 members on the sponsoring committee is below in the documents from the Secretary of State’s office. Of the 37 committee members, 14 have criminal records. And I’m not just talking about things like speeding tickets or drunk driving charges. I did quick background checks on these folks using the state’s criminal records database, and here’s what I found ...

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