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Published May 22, 2012, 03:27 PM

Fargo lawmaker heads medical marijuana initiative

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Fargo Democratic lawmaker is chairman of a new initiative campaign to make marijuana use legal in North Dakota for medical reasons.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Fargo Democratic lawmaker is chairman of a new initiative campaign to make marijuana use legal in North Dakota for medical reasons.

The proposed law was turned in to Secretary of State Al Jaeger's office on Tuesday. Jaeger's approval is needed before the initiative petition can be circulated.

Fargo Democratic state Rep. Steve Zaiser (ZY-zur) is heading the campaign. The proposed law says someone with a "debilitating medical condition" may grow and use marijuana, and possess up to 2 ½ ounces of the drug.

It says people with cancer, the HIV virus, post-traumatic stress disorder and other conditions may use marijuana legally.

The National Conference of State Legislatures says Montana and 16 other states allow use of marijuana for therapeutic reasons. South Dakota voters have rejected medical marijuana initiatives twice.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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