North Dakota


Hemp licenses issued by State 2019

  • The 29 U.S. states having reporting licensed hemp cultivation acreage total nearly half a million acres in combined cultivation land area, a massive increase over 2018's combined U.S. total of just over 100,000 acres.
  • Colorado leads the nation in hemp cultivation and processing land area with over 80,000 acres reported.
  • Oregon, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Montana lead in hemp program expansion efforts.
  • Tennessee leads in total hemp licenses issued in 2019.
  • At least 70% of the 2019 U.S. hemp harvest is intended for extract production.
  • California is poised to be the top-producing hemp state for both conventional and organic production as thousands of acres have already been planted in 2019.

After quasi-decriminalization, North Dakota activists relaunch legalization bid

North Dakota’s decision to drop penalties for possession of personal quantities of cannabis to an infraction won little media attention back in May. And activists in the state, who pushed for last year’s defeated legalization initiative, say most of what coverage there was got it wrong. 


Low-level marijuana offenders eligible for pardons in North Dakota

State officials have approved procedures permitting those with low-level marijuana possession convictions to seek unconditional pardons.

Republican Gov. Doug Burgum, who backed the plan, said, “By destigmatizing these minor, and in many cases, distant offenses, we can give individuals a second chance at a successful, healthy, productive life.”


North Dakota offers path to pardons for low-level marijuana convictions

With support from the state’s Republican governor, North Dakota moved on Wednesday to allow thousands of individuals to potentially wipe their slate clean of low-level marijuana convictions.

The state’s pardon advisory board unanimously approved the policy change, clearing the way for those residents to apply for a pardon for such convictions and emerge with a clear record if they avoid committing a crime for the next five years. North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, both Republicans, support the move.


Marijuana reform is gaining momentum in the American Midwest

Marijuana reform is gaining momentum in the American Midwest as Nebraska and North Dakota have recently taken steps toward changing their outdated cannabis policies, writes Calvin Hughes.

Earlier this week, North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum (R) quietly made a small but important change to the Roughrider State's marijuana policies. On Wednesday, he signed a bill that will see small amounts of cannabis decriminalized in the state come August 1.


Governor of North Dakota quietly signs Bill to lessen penalties for pot possession

North Dakota may not be the most publicly visible state when it comes to cannabis laws. The most recent example of the state’s relative quiet when it comes to weed is the fact that the governor just signed a new bill to lower the penalties for marijuana possession—and the whole thing happened without a whole lot of fanfare. Regardless, the move represents what could be a big step for cannabis law in North Dakota.


North Dakota: Governor signs Law reducing marijuana possession penalties

Republican Gov. Doug Burgum has signed legislation into law reducing marijuana possession penalties.


North Dakota Governor signs medical cannabis expansion Laws

Republican Gov. Doug Burgum has signed legislation amending the state’s nascent medical cannabis access program.


Marijuana legalization backers to make another try in 2020 in North Dakota

While North Dakota legislators continue work on a possible marijuana decriminalization bill, a group that attempted legalization last year has decided to make another attempt in the 2020 election.

Legalize ND hosted a meeting with about 50 people ranging in age from college students to "grandpas" on the North Dakota State University campus Thursday night to gather input on what the next ballot measure should look like.

The group, again headed by chairman David Owen, of Grand Forks, may hold another meeting but is also gathering input through its Facebook page, soon-to-be revived website and email.


Helix TCS system allows North Dakota to track and trace the state’s entire medical cannabis supply chain

Helix TCS, Inc., through its cannabis seed-to-sale tracking and point-of-sale subsidiary, BioTrackTHC, has officially deployed North Dakota’s government medical cannabis traceability system.

The system “will track and trace the state’s entire medical cannabis supply chain for compliance and regulatory oversight,” notes a statement from Helix TCS, a provider of ancillary services for the legal cannabis industry that reports having met all go-live deadlines for its government-contracted traceability solutions.


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