The voters in North Dakota have got the chance to decide whether they need medical marijuana or not. According to North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger, supporters of the North Dakota Compassionate Care Act have collected enough qualified signatures to put the initiative on a ballot.
Medical marijuana activists in North Dakota needed to gather 13,452 qualified signatures to put the issue on the upcoming statewide ballot. Fortunately, the NDCCA supporters have surpassed the goal by gathering more than 17,000 qualified signatures.
If approved by the voters, the initiative would allow patients with qualifying medical conditions to use cannabis as an alternative medicine. According to the proposal, a registered medical marijuana patient would be allowed to possess no more than three ounces of weed. A patient would be allowed to buy medical weed only from licensed medical cannabis dispensaries and/or compassion centers. If a patient lives more than 40 miles away from the nearest dispensary or compassion center, they would be allowed to cultivate up to eight weed plants for personal use. The same rule works for designated caregivers.
The list of qualifying conditions includes cancer, hepatitis C, HIV/AIDS, ALS, glaucoma, and epilepsy. Plus, the North Dakota Department of Health would be allowed to add additional qualifying conditions on the list.
North Dakota is one of the eight states that will vote on legalizing medical or recreational weed this fall. The other seven are Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada. The U.S. general election will be held on Nov. 8, 2016.