Deep in the heartland of America the once solid walls of cannabis prohibition have failed, yet again. The voters in North Dakota — a long way from the left coast — have made access to medical cannabis legal in their state. Here’s more:
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.
Here’s what Anita Morgan, of North Dakota Compassionate Care, a campaign which worked to pass Measure 5, had to say:
“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.”
Learn more about Measure 5.
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