FARGO, N.D. — Voters have approved a ballot initiative to establish a comprehensive medical marijuana program in North Dakota.
Measure 5 will allow North Dakota residents suffering from certain qualifying conditions to use medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it. Patients will be able to access medical marijuana from tightly regulated non-profit compassion centers that will be licensed by the state to cultivate and dispense limited amounts of marijuana. Patients who live more than 40 miles from a compassion center will be permitted to grow a limited amount of marijuana in a secure space for their personal medical use.
Statement from Anita Morgan of North Dakota Compassionate Care, a committee formed to support Measure 5:
“This is an exciting day for North Dakota patients and families. Many of these folks have suffered for years while awaiting legal access to this medical treatment option. We are proud of North Dakota voters for standing up for patients at the polls.
“Measure 5 is going to improve the quality of life for many North Dakotans. There is no longer any doubt that cannabis is effective in the treatment of several debilitating medical conditions. It can alleviate the nausea that cancer patients experience as they undergo chemotherapy. It can dramatically reduce or even eliminate seizures in patients suffering from epilepsy. And it can serve as a much safer alternative to prescription drugs that are often prescribed to patients who are dealing with severe and chronic pain.
“This effort was sown and grown in the hearts of many people, nurtured by love and compassion. Thank you to all the individuals and organizations that supported this truly grassroots effort. We look forward to working with the Department of Health and other state and local officials to ensure an effective program is up and running as quickly as possible.”
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North Dakota Compassionate Care 2016 is a committee formed to support Measure 5, a citizen initiative on the November ballot that would establish a comprehensive medical marijuana program. For more information, visit http://YesOnMeasure5.com.
Anita Morgan, North Dakota Compassionate Care
Mason Tvert, Marijuana Policy Project * National Perspective *