BISMARCK – With less than a week before North Dakotans head to the ballot box, supporters of Measure 5 announced the launch of a statewide ad campaign that features seriously ill patients making emotional pleas for legal access to medical marijuana.
The ‘Faces of Measure 5’ ad campaign, which includes a TV spot and a series of web ads, featuring Sheri Paulson, a Galesburg woman who has been suffering from multiple sclerosis. It will begin airing statewide Thursday on the Today Show and Good Morning America, and will run during the University of North Dakota hockey games against Minnesota on Friday and Saturday, as well as the Harvest Bowl football game between North Dakota State University and Youngstown State University.
Other ads feature residents from across North Dakota, such as Hayley, a Minot girl suffering from Dravet syndrome. “Dravet syndrome can cause more than 100 seizures per day.. medical marijuana would help me,” she says. Sam, a Bismarck man suffering from severe epilepsy. “Severe epilepsy causes seizures that leave me unable to walk or talk,” he says. “Medical marijuana would help me.”
“These are real North Dakotans who would experience real benefits from medical marijuana,” said Anita Morgan of North Dakota Compassionate Care 2016, which is supporting Measure 5. “It is a sensible and compassionate proposal that would ensure patients safe and legal access to medical cannabis if their doctors recommend it.”
If passed, Measure 5 would provide a tightly controlled program that allows patients with qualifying conditions to access medical cannabis from state-licensed compassion centers if their doctors recommend it.