ND: Medical campaign submits signatures; rec falls short

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One campaign in North Dakota to legalize medical marijuana on Monday reportedly handed in well over the necessary number of signatures to place an initiative on the November ballot, while a group in the state trying to legalize recreational cannabis admitted that it fell short of the number of needed signatures.

Both campaigns needed to submit at least 13,452 signatures of registered voters by Monday, the deadline for each group to get their respective initiatives on the fall ballot.

Supporters of the North Dakota Compassionate Care Act handed in about 17,600 signatures, according to the Associated Press, making the state the latest to possibly join a veritable tidal wave of marijuana votes this coming November.

Backers of the recreational campaign said they obtained about 80% of the signatures they needed, but promised to try again, possibly in 2018, the Grand Forks Herald reported.

The lastest polling Marijuana Business Daily could find in the state was from 2014, when the University of North Dakota College of Business and Public Administration found that 47% of voters supported legalizing MMJ, while 41% were opposed and 9% were neutral.