North Dakota

Tue
03
Dec

North Dakota Advisory Board Approves Pardons Of 26 People With Cannabis Convictions

North Dakota’s pardon advisory board took a significant step Wednesday in wiping criminal records clean for 26 people with low-level marijuana convictions, a first under a new policy aimed at fixing problems the records have caused for people trying to find jobs and housing.

Fri
22
Nov

Not many North Dakotans are applying to have their cannabis offenses pardoned

A new North Dakota program to expunge the records of low-level cannabis offenders has seen few takers so far, leading state officials wondering how to better get the word out. Under the program, offenders with convictions for minor marijuana crimes can receive a pardon and have their records cleared if they refrain from further unlawful behavior for five years.

Tue
01
Oct

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.
Wed
24
Jul

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. 

Tue
23
Jul

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.”

Fri
12
Jul

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.

Mon
13
May

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.

Fri
10
May

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.

Thu
09
May

North Dakota: Governor signs Law reducing marijuana possession penalties

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

Fri
26
Apr

North Dakota Governor signs medical cannabis expansion Laws

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

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