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A group seeking to put legalized recreational marijuana in North Dakota's Constitution has received permission to begin circulating petitions.

Secretary of State Al Jaeger on Monday said he had approved the petition format. Supporters of the proposed constitutional amendment need to gather 26,904 qualified signatures by Feb. 10 to have the measure placed on the June 2020 primary ballot for voters to decide.

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The measure would essentially legalize possessing, using, growing, processing, transporting and selling marijuana in North Dakota, though not for people under 21. Marijuana also could not be consumed "openly in public except in a manner as provided by law."

There is a separate effort for a statutory initiative to legalize marijuana. That group has said it might submit its petition to Jaeger for approval in late July or early August.

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