North Dakota Marijuana Legalization Campaign’s New Ads Feature Former Police Officer And Military VeteranPosted by On

North Dakota marijuana activists are stepping up their push to convince voters to approve a legalization initiative on the ballot next month, releasing two radio ads featuring supporters and announcing grassroots “get out the vote” plans.

New Approach ND turned in signatures for the legalization measure in July, and Secretary of State Al Jaeger (R) officially certified the initiative the following month.

Now the campaign is promoting two new, 60-second radio ads that will air statewide, including one voiced by the campaign’s treasurer, who is also a former police officer, and another from military veteran Scott Brand.

“When I returned home from Iraq in 2007, I saw fellow veterans suffering from PTSD and debilitating pain. For many people struggling with serious health issues, marijuana is the only thing that helps,” Brand says in his ad. “But far too many people who need marijuana for medicinal benefits can’t access it in North Dakota.”

“Legalized and regulated adult use of marijuana changes that,” he said. “As a veteran, I support Measure 2. It will ensure veterans and other patients can get the relief they deserve. This is a chance to show each other support and compassion. Vote Yes on 2 on November 8.”

In the separate ad featuring campaign treasurer Mark Friese, the attorney and former police officer starts by saying that it’s “time for a change, and it starts with us.”

“During my five years as a patrol officer with the Bismarck Police…

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