North Dakota's Senate could revive the issue of legalizing recreational marijuana when voters are presented with a measure, one of three that could be up for debate next year. The 50-page bill that passed the House of Representatives is the latest in a series of attempts by lawmakers to fend off citizens who have proposed measures that would legalize marijuana, as South Dakota voters did in 2020. Montana voters also approved recreational marijuana last year, and both chambers last week rejected bills legalizing or restricting the drug for recreational use.
The proposed measure is expected to be heard next week by the Senate Human Services Committee, which will make a recommendation for approval by both chambers. The five-member panel is considering whether to allow the bill to be introduced with an implementation deadline, and the House and Senate would have to approve the measure to be sent to voters. On Tuesday, a Senate Ways and Means Committee approved a proposal that would have a measure in June 2022.
Let's find out what people really want, "said Senate Majority Leader John Hoeven, R-Fargo, one of the bill's sponsors.
He made similar comments during the Senate debate on the bill last week, but this is a key point: "This will be the first time in North Dakota's history that we have such legislation.