LEAP Endorses North Dakota Measure 3

For Immediate Release: 10.31.18
Contact: Mikayla Hellwich

Police, Criminal Justice Pros Say Measure Will Improve Public Safety, Save Police Resources 

Today, the Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP), would like to announce our endorsement of North Dakota Measure 3, a law that would legalize marijuana for adults 21 and older.

“As someone who arrested and put away marijuana users, I’ve seen how the drug’s prohibition tears apart families and communities. I’m especially supportive of the expungement portion of the measure – fixing a broken law and letting those who were erroneously punished for it in the past is a great way for the justice system to build better relations with communities. People need to trust the police to feel comfortable reporting crimes, and marijuana prohibition has long been a major barrier. It is my sincere opinion as a former police administrator that legalizing marijuana can help police get better at solving real crimes.” – Police Chief Betty Taylor (Fmr.)

If voters approve the measure, adults would be permitted to purchase, grow, and possess marijuana. The legislation would also expunge the record of any individual who has a drug conviction for a controlled substance that has been legalized.

The Law Enforcement Action Partnership is a nonprofit group of police, judges, prosecutors, corrections officials, and other criminal justice professionals who use their expertise to advance public safety solutions. LEAP supports legalizing marijuana because the drug’s prohibition has wasted police and criminal justice resources, diverted law enforcement attention away from more serious issues, exacerbated the distrust between police and communities, failed to prevent young people from accessing the drug, and caused far more harm to individual users than the drug itself ever has.