North Dakota voters might see recreational marijuana on November ballot

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Backers of a measure to legalize a recreational marijuana market in North Dakota said they have submitted 25,762 signatures by the July 11 deadline.

That’s 10,000 more than the 15,582 signatures required to qualify the referendum for the state’s November ballot.

The petition signatures, which were submitted by New Approach North Dakota to the secretary of state’s office, still must be verified.

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The measure calls for state regulators to adopt rules to implement the adult-use cannabis program by Oct. 1, 2023.

Regulators would issue no more than seven manufacturing licenses and 18 store licenses, according to the referendum.