Recreational marijuana was a hot topic this past week at the North Dakota State Capitol.

As the Grand Forks Herald reported, doctors, lawyers, cops and legislators gathered last Tuesday (February 4) to talk about the benefits and hazards of legal pot.

Two measures aiming to legalize the drug could appear on the 2020 electoral ballot come November -  if advocates can gather enough signatures.

The state Judiciary Committee met and moved forward with a study that began last fall on how legalization might affect "the state's economy, public health, legal system and existing medical marijuana program." Committee chairman, Rep. Lawrence Klemin, R-Bismarck, promised a report before the election.

Advocate Dave Owen said his group, Legalize ND, has gathered about 10-15% of the more than 13,000 signatures needed by July to get the measure on the ballot.

The Herald notes voters rejected Mr. Owen's first attempt to legalize recreational in 2018 by a significant margin.

So, could this be the year for legal weed in the Peace Garden State? Stay tuned...

[Source: Grand Forks Herald]