North Dakota Chamber Opposing Ethics, Marijuana Measures

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP)North Dakota’s largest business organization will campaign to help defeat a measure that would legalize recreational marijuana and another one aimed at ethics reform.

Greater North Dakota Chamber President and CEO Arik Spencer says his organization is among a coalition of groups being assembled to fight the proposals.

Campaign filings list the chamber as the contact for committees opposing the measures that will be decided in November.

Measure 1 would ban foreign money from North Dakota elections, restrict lobbying and create an independent ethics commission, among other provisions.

Spencer says it would be difficult to comply with the measure because it is too broadly worded.

He says making marijuana legal would create many problems for businesses and employees.

The chamber has more than 1,000 members.

By JAMES MacPHERSON,  Associated Press