Measure 3 failed in ND, but supporters say it may not be end of issue
Measure 3 would've legalize the recreational use of marijuana in North Dakota, but 60 percent of voters said no.
North Dakota was one of two states looking to legalize recreational marijuana this election,and with over three times the financial support against the measure, Cole Haymond with Legalize ND says he doesn't think this is the end of the issue.
"For any future fight, I'm not sure if I'll be involved, but what I will say is this, the enthusiasm the grass roots enthusiasm that we saw on the ground here is certainly something that can not be denied, you know regardless of the result," said Cole Haymond, Legalize ND advisor.
This is not the first time the legalization of marijuana was on the ballot. In 2015 House Bill 1430, to establish a framework for medical marijuana, was voted down. While medical marijuana applications are now being accepted, this defeat sent a different message to the people.
"In North Dakota, parents can sleep easy tonight knowing that their kids go to school tomorrow with no expansion of drug use no gummy bears, ice creams and candies with high potency THC," said Luke Niforatos, chief of staff for Smart Approaches to Marijuana.
Voters in Michigan did legalize recreational marijuana, making it the 10th state in the nation and the first state in the Midwest to do so. Tuesday in both Utah and Missouri, voters legalized marijuana for medical purposes. The 31st and 32nd states to approve medical cannabis.
"I was relived to be honest I had actually voted yesterday, so I was happy that my voted counted toward what I what I wanted to happen there just because I had some concerns about it if it had passed how we would handle it, so I was happy it didn't," said Amber Parker, Bismarck resident.
Niforatos thinks that the impact will go further than just North Dakota.
"And there is a change in the tide now across this country. We can expect to see more people push back on the legalization in other states in this country as well," said Niforatos.
Legalize ND is considering putting it on the ballot in the future.
The North Dakota Department of Health is working toward having medical marijuana available for sale by the end of the year.