North Dakotans overwhelmingly in favor of legalizing recreational cannabis

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A poll conducted earlier this week found overwhelming support in favor of legalizing recreational cannabis in North Dakota.

The poll, conducted through Polco, asked “Should North Dakota legalize recreational marijuana?” following confirmation on August 13 by Secretary of State, Al Jaeger, that enough signatures were received for the measure to be placed on the November election ballot.

Across all age groups and political parties, the poll found that North Dakotans are overwhelmingly on board with legalizing recreational cannabis. Of the 237 North Dakotans who answered the poll, 79.3 percent support the measure with only 20.7 percent opposed.

“It shows the people of North Dakota see that and actually want this,” said Dave Owen, chairman of the North Dakota Marijuana Legalization Initiative. “We are doing really well across all of these groups. It shows we get our message out and we talk to people.”

Here are just some of the more detailed results from the poll:

  • Of the 81 female voters, 60 voted yes with only 21 voting no
  • Of the 155 male voters, 127 voted yes with only 28 voting no
  • Of the likely 69 Democratic votes, only 10 voted no while 59 voted yes
  • Of the likely 101 Republican votes, only 29 voted no while 72 voted yes
  • Of the likely 64 independent votes, only nine replied no while 55 voted yes
  • In the 60-69 age group, 30 of the 37 participants voted yes
  • In the 50-59 age group, 31 of the 46 participants voted yes
  • In the 40-49 age group, 39 of the 50 participants voted yes
  • In the 30-39 age group, an overwhelming 34 of the 37 participants voted yes.

Owen believes the poll results are indicative of what people in North Dakota want to see on the ballot in November. He said that legalizing cannabis in North Dakota will “create more jobs, provide opportunity for those who had been convicted, and finally get people the medicinal marijuana they’ve been waiting for.

“We believe people in ND want (recreational marijuana), we believe they support this. There’s a reason we’ve been able to get this far, and I think this confirms it.”

If the measure is approved, the state law would be amended to legalize “non-violent marijuana related activity” for anyone over 21. Limitations would no longer be imposed on how much marijuana a person can grow or possess and a process would begin to expunge any record of anyone convicted of a crime that would become legal by the measure. The exceptions would be for selling cannabis to minors.

North Dakotans voted in favor of medical cannabis in 2016 but it is still unavailable in the state.

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