FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A group pushing to legalize medical marijuana in North Dakota is making a last-minute advertising push thanks to a surprise donation from a national organization.

North Dakota Compassionate Care, which is sponsoring an initiated measure on the state's ballot, quickly organized the ad campaign after receiving $15,000 last week from Drug Policy Action, said group spokeswoman Anita Morgan.

DPA is the political arm of a group that advocates for the overhaul of drug laws. "All of a sudden, poof, we get this money," Morgan said Thursday. "We've wanted to tell the stories of real North Dakotans who would experience real benefits from medical marijuana and now we can. They are people, not a measure."

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David Kolpack ~ Associated Press via BismarckTribune.com ~

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