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AUDIO: David Crosby records ad for recreational marijuana while opponents launch new billboard campaign

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These are the new billboards that going up in North Dakota by the group Healthy & Productive North Dakota Against Measure 3. Submitted photos2 / 2

FARGO -- David Crosby of the iconic rock band Crosby, Stills & Nash has recorded a radio advertisement running statewide this week as the campaign on recreational marijuana comes down to its final days.

Meanwhile a group opposed to the ballot measure has launched a new round of billboards to try to convince voters to reject Measure 3.

Crosby’s ads will debut Thursday, Nov. 1, and run through Election Day, Nov. 6, in the Bismarck, Grand Forks and Minot media markets.

Cole Haymond, campaign spokesman for Legalize ND, said Crosby serves on the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws advisory board.

In a statement he gave to Haymond, Crosby said. “I feel a responsibility to stick up for those people who have been punished as a result of this oppressive and senseless policy. I believe that people should not be arrested or go to jail for the responsible use of a substance that is objectively safer than alcohol, tobacco, or most prescription drugs. I’ve looked at the success of states like Colorado and Oregon that have elected to move in a different direction.”

Opponents launched their new billboard campaign through an announcement Thursday.

The group, Healthy and Productive North Dakota Against Measure 3, said the billboards were placed in high traffic areas and illustrate how “products are targeted to kids through colorful candies and sodas and the unlimited potency in today’s marijuana.”

Group chairwoman Kristie Spooner said, “The status of North Dakota is in the hands of voters. This November, families and neighbors must come together and decide what they envision for future generations. Do we want unlimited potency marijuana that can be as high as 99 percent THC, more than 20 times what we used to see? Do we want the Big Marijuana industry to target our children with colorful candies?””

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