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North Dakota Voters Reject Marijuana Legalization Measure

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North Dakota voters rejected a measure to fully legalize marijuana on Tuesday.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, the initiative, Measure 3, was rejected 41-59 percent.

Under the proposed law, adults 21 and older would no longer have been subjected to criminal penalties for growing, consuming, selling or distributing cannabis. The measure would have, however, established penalties for the possession or distribution of marijuana to or by anyone under 21.

Measure 3 also included an automatic expungement system, which would have wiped the records of individuals who’ve been convicted of drug-related offenses that are now legal.

Additionally, the measure would have changed the definition of drug paraphernalia to exclude products used for cannabis.

LegalizeND was the main committee backing the measure. NORML and the Marijuana Policy Project also threw their support behind the initiative.

UPDATE: This story has been updated to reflect the latest election results information.

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Kyle Jaeger is Marijuana Moment's Sacramento-based senior editor. His work has also appeared in High Times, VICE and attn.

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