The petition seeks to make it legal to grow, possess, use and distribute marijuana for those over age 21.

FARGO--Eric Olson wants North Dakotans to vote on legalizing pot.

"There's not really any justification for banning marijuana in the first place, and I think the majority of the population realizes that at this point," the 32-year-old from Fargo said. "But our legislators are very slow to do anything about it."

Instead of waiting, Olson and a 27-member sponsoring committee filed a petition with the secretary of state's office seeking to put the issue to a statewide vote this year. "Somebody had to do it," he said.

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