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Petition to Legalize Medical Marijuana

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A new initiative to legalize marijuana use and growing for medicinal purposes is underway in North Dakota. The petition says people with cancer, HIV, Glaucoma, and other conditions may use marijuana to help with pain, though it won't be easy to get your hands on medical marijuana.

One of the people heading up the petition, ND Rep. Steve Zaiser says "You can only get a recommendation from a doctor, and only licensed doctors can give those."

Before you get the okay, you need to meet several requirements that are based on your medical condition.

If you're able to get a recommendation, there's a limit to how much you can have in your possession at any given time. According to the petition, that limit is 2.5 ounces.

If you're prescribed more than that you could be licensed to grow it yourself. The law would allow 12 plants in a closet, room or greenhouse. Otherwise, you could buy marijuana at dispensaries that will likely be built in bigger North Dakota cities. Patients or caregivers will always have to carry an identification card.

Officer Ken Zeeb of the West Fargo Police Department says, "If you didn't have a prescription with you, but you had marijuana on you, you're probably gonna go to jail."

If the petition becomes law, West Fargo police aren't terribly concerned about problems that could arise. They're taking on the issue like any other prescription drug.

Officer Zeeb explains, "I don't think it creates any problems. It'd be something that we're gonna pay attention to cause it may change some things in how we do our job, especially more of the narcotics officers."

If medical marijuana is legalized, you can be arrested and charged for being under the influence while using it. The penalties are the same as a DUI with alcohol. Those are up to 30 days in jail and a $500 fine.

For even more information about the petition, click on the link below:

http://www.valleynewslive.com/story/18602065/fargo-lawmaker-heads-medical-marijuana-initiative

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