A petition to legalize marijuana for medical use in North Dakota was denied by the Secretary of State after it was found that some of the signatures were fabricated. It was determined that people paid to collect signatures for the petition had falsified some of the names.
Eight football players on the North Dakota State University team are facing legal charges due to their participation. They face a maximum penalty of 2 years in jail and a $2,000 fine. The team coach, Craig Bohl, stated that the players will not be disciplined until after all the legal proceedings have been held. Court hearings are scheduled for October 2. Even if found guilty, their charges are most likely to be considered too minor to call for suspension from the team.
North Dakotas for Compassionate Care first proposed the initiative which would legalize the use of medical marijuana for those suffering from PTSD, cancer, Crohn’s Disease, and other conditions. Terra Strategies, LLC was hired to handle the signature collection and to take safeguards to ensure that all the signatures would be valid.