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Associated Press, Published February 09 2010

Crosby man pushing medical pot measure

BISMARCK – A Crosby man is proposing an initiative to make it legal to use marijuana for medical reasons in North Dakota.

Del Snavely says the proposal isn’t likely to make it to a vote this year, but he’s hoping to put it on the ballot in 2012. He says it’s been tough to get sponsors from North Dakota’s larger cities.

Snavely used to live in Washington state, where medical marijuana is legal. He used it there as a medication to fight chronic back and leg pain. He says marijuana is a better alternative than addictive, narcotic painkillers.

More than a dozen states have made marijuana use legal for some ailments. The U.S. Justice Department has said it won’t target medical marijuana dispensaries if they’re complying with state law.

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