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Group hosting drive-through petition signing events to get marijuana on the November ballot

Group hosting drive-through petition signing events to get marijuana on the November ballot

FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) – A group called New Approach North Dakota is hoping you’ll drive-through to sign their petitions this weekend.

The goal is to get 15,582 signatures supporting the legalization of marijuana. If they get enough signatures and the petitions are approved by the Secretary of State, North Dakotans would be voting in November on whether or not to legalize marijuana.

Drive-through events are happening in Fargo, Grand Forks and Bismarck on Saturday, June 4. The times and locations are listed below.

  • Fargo: Parking lot of Tochi Products, 1111 2nd Ave N from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Grand Forks: Front parking lot at Ojata Records, 305 N Washington St from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Bismarck: 4007 State St from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

This initiated measure would create a new chapter of the North Dakota Century Code to allow for the production, processing, and sale of cannabis and the possession and use of various forms of cannabis by individuals who are 21 years of age and older. To view the approved petition, click HERE.

The deadline for submitting petition signatures to the Secretary of State is July 11, 2022.

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4/20 cannabis event returns to Vancouver Art Gallery plaza under new organizers |

4/20 cannabis event returns to Vancouver Art Gallery plaza under new organizers  |

It appears Vancouver will play host to a 4/20 cannabis event this year after all.

The core group of organizers who shifted recent events to their controversial Sunset Beach location had said COVID-19 regulations were not lifted in time to organize the annual April 20 event to their standards.

However, an unaffiliated group called the 4/20 Market is planning its own event at the protest-festival’s long-time former site in the Vancouver Art Gallery’s North Plaza.

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“It’s been two years of very limited 4/20s happenings, and we had an amazing 4/20 just before the pandemic hit, so we want to reclaim the day and bring back the vibe and bring back that ability of ours to get the message out about what’s not right with cannabis laws in this world,” said Neil Magnuson, one of the event organizers and founder of the Cannabis Substitution Program, which works to help people get off opioids with the help of high-dose cannabis edibles.

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Large crowd gathers at Vancouver’s Sunset Beach on 4-20 despite COVID-19 restrictions – Apr 21, 2021

While Cannabis was legalized in 2018, Magnuson said the need to protest was as real as ever, arguing that the path Canada pursued has actually made the product more expensive and harder to get for sick or vulnerable people.

Prices, he said, especially for high-dose products like the ones his group provides to people struggling with addiction, have actually gone up under legalization.

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“The government did well for a bunch of wealthy people that wanted to invest in the cannabis market place and sell shares to people, and they’re making off like bandits,” he said.

“The people who bought shares, not so much. The people who actually need to use cannabis and would like to use cannabis daily, they’re priced right out of this unless they are really wealthy.”

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Organizers, park board assess impact of controversial 4/20 event – Apr 21, 2019

The return of 4/20 is certain to reignite the heated annual debate over whether the event is a protest or an unlicensed festival.

According to a leaked memo from Vancouver city staff, the 2018 event cost taxpayers more than $583,000.

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The now 28-year-old event has grown to attract tens of thousands of attendees and high profile musical acts like Cypress Hill, who performed at Sunset Beach in 2019.

Both city council and the Vancouver Park Board have fought a multi-year battle with organizers over the beach location, but efforts to find an alternative, permanent home have failed.

City officials and organizers of similar large-scale events like Vancouver Pride have argued that 4/20 has outgrown its protest roots and become a festival, and so should act accordingly.

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In response, 4/20 organizers say they continue to protest Cannabis law and do not receive civic subsidies the way events like Pride does.

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Cannabis cafes? B.C. seeks feedback on allowing marijuana consumption spaces, events

Cannabis cafes? B.C. seeks feedback on allowing marijuana consumption spaces, events

The B.C. government is looking for feedback on potentially permitting “cannabis consumption spaces” in the province, which would allow businesses or special events to offer the on-site sale and use of marijuana.

Examples of what a cannabis consumption space might look like include cafes and lounges – or special ticketed events, such as festivals, spas or cooking classes.

If B.C. does move forward with permitted cannabis consumption spaces, the province says other health regulations would still be in effect, such as no indoor smoking or vaping.

Local governments and First Nations would also have a say in where and whether consumption spaces would be allowed in their jurisdictions, similar to the process already in place for cannabis retail shops.

“We have heard from cannabis businesses that consumption spaces could provide an opportunity for the sector to become more economically viable and could better meet the interests of people who use cannabis,” said Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General.

“At the same time, others have raised public health and safety concerns, which will need to be carefully weighed,” he said.

The province has set up an online survey to collect feedback on potential consumption spaces, which is open from April 6 to May 8.


Cannabis was first legalized in Canada in October 2018. In B.C., cannabis stores saw roughly $554 million in sales in 2021, up from $370 million in 2020.

In terms of popularity, the province says nearly one-in-three British Columbians aged 19 and older reported using cannabis within the past year.

The B.C. government adds that it is “continually monitoring the impact of cannabis legalization on the health and safety of British Columbians.” 

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Marijuana events could be coming to Muskegon’s arena, baseball stadium

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MUSKEGON, MI – Marijuana events, including those allowing consumption, could be held at Muskegon’s downtown arena and baseball stadium under a plan to further “embrace” the city’s burgeoning cannabis industry.

The city’s planning commission endorsed the idea that goes before the city commission later this month.

The proposal would allow temporary events, such as trade shows, at the Mercy Health Arena on West Western Avenue downtown, and at Marsh Field, at the corner of Laketon Avenue and Peck Street.

Muskegon already has been welcoming to recreational marijuana shops, with about two dozen currently operating in the city. Many are in an “overlay district” along Laketon Avenue and Peck Street near the baseball stadium.

Mayor Ken Johnson told MLive it “makes sense” to allow temporary marijuana events at Marsh Field given its proximity to several retail shops.

“Let’s embrace the cannabis industry that’s here,” Johnson said. “Let it be part of our tourism. Let it be part of making us a destination.”

Those wanting to hold a marijuana event would need to apply for a special event license from the city, and a registered temporary marijuana event coordinator would have to apply for a license from the state.

Smoking of marijuana would not be allowed during the any events at the arena, where smoking is not allowed. However, it’s possible that edible cannabis products could be consumed there.

Staff is proposing the entire arena property, including outdoors, be open to marijuana events.

Muskegon City Manager Frank Peterson told MLive that not many other communities are allowing marijuana events in larger facilities, meaning Muskegon could be well positioned to host cannabis-related conventions.

Such events also could be a revenue-generator for the arena and the historic baseball field that is home to the Muskegon Clippers, a summer collegiate team.

“We think the cannabis industry can support these buildings more,” Peterson said.

Rair, a recreational marijuana retail shop in Muskegon, is a sponsor of the arena during Muskegon Lumberjacks games, he said.

Temporary marijuana events currently are allowed at approved marijuana retail locations in the city’s marijuana overlay district. The city commission on March 8 will consider adding the arena and ballfield to the list of permissible event locations.

New Standard Park Place hosted the first such outdoor event in West Michigan, a “Halloweed” party in October 2021.

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