Print Column: North Dakota’s Pro-Marijuana Movement Has Fractured Making Legalization Far Less Likely


MINOT, N.D. — There is a very large faction of North Dakotans who want marijuana legalized for recreational use.

After approving medical marijuana in 2016, over 132,000 voters – more than 40% of turnout – voted to legalize recreational marijuana in 2018.

Not a majority, but certainly a strong minority. Something for activists to build on.

Lawmakers made little progress on this issue during their session earlier this year, so the hope among pro-marijuana activists in the state was to put a legalization measure on the 2020 ballot which could draw a larger coalition of voters.

Those hopes may have run aground on the jagged rocks of a problem common to volunteer political movements.

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