HELLO AND WELCOME TO LEGALIZE ND
The measure legalizes the use, sale, possession, and distribution of marijuana for anyone 21 years or older. For anyone under the age of 21, the law creates a new specific subset of non-felony penalties. Additionally, the law legalizes "paraphernalia" for marijuana exclusively. Finally, records are expunged for anyone that followed the new law even if it occurred in the past, except for cases of someone being under the age of 21.
Unlike legal substances such as prescription opiates, alcohol, Tylenol, and even water, marijuana has never caused a single medically documented overdose death in recorded history. Alcohol causes hundreds of overdose deaths each year, and in 2013 (the latest year for which data is available), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 29,001 “alcohol-induced deaths.” The British government’s official scientific body on drug policy concluded that [legally regulated drugs] alcohol and tobacco are “significantly more harmful than marijuana.” It’s time to stop penalizing Americans who use the safer substance.
The day after the election, the state has 30 days before our law goes into effect. This gives them roughly a month to create software for the automatic expungement to go into effect.
Upon the first day of the law going into effect,
the clock starts. From here the state has 30 days to
expunge any individual whose crimes
would now be legal.
Upon completion of expungement, the state has
10 additional days to send, via certified mail, a
letter to the individuals last known address
informing them that their records have been sealed
and the implications for job applications.
Paid for by campaign committee chair, David Owen