North Dakota

Mon
04
Mar

A 'budding' industry? State lawmakers look to regulate hemp

For more than 20 years, North Dakota Rep. David Monson, R-Osnabrock, has tried to pass legislation to regulate the production of hemp in the state.

Though hemp has been recognized as a legal crop in North Dakota, Monson said, the state kept getting "stymied" by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, which claimed hemp was marijuana and, therefore, illegal.

But the federal 2018 Farm Bill took hemp off the DEA's list of controlled substances, separating it from marijuana and placing it under the supervision of the Department of Agriculture.

Tue
19
Feb

North Dakota House passes number of medical marijuana bills

The North Dakota House on Monday passed a series of bills aimed at expanding the state's medical marijuana law.

Lawmakers passed four bills that would amend the state's medical marijuana law, including one that would add 13 new medical conditions to the current list of debilitating medical conditions.

Rep. Robin Weisz, R-Hurdsfield, chairman of the House Human Services Committee said Monday that his committee heard a number of bills related to the state's medical marijuana program. Some of the bills had "overlapping areas," so committee members, instead, identified four areas to include: doctor-patient relationship, additional conditions, increasing the allowable amount of medical marijuana and authorizing marijuana edibles.

Tue
15
Jan

With no medical marijuana available in ND, lawmakers look at reciprocity

North Dakota lawmakers again wrestled with the state’s medical marijuana law Monday, amid some frustration that the drug isn’t yet available to patients almost two years after the state enacted the voter-approved statute.

Fargo Democratic Rep. Pam Anderson, an early medical marijuana proponent, pushed a bill adding several conditions that would qualify for the drug’s use, including autism, anxiety disorder and Tourette syndrome. It would also allow people from other medical marijuana states to obtain the drug here and expand the types of health care providers who could approve its use for patients.

"I think what we passed last time ... for the most part was a good bill," Anderson said. "What I think we're all trying to do now is really make it better."

Fri
23
Nov

North Dakota: Marijuana decriminalization bill in the works after legalization effort fails

After an effort to legalize recreational marijuana failed at the ballot box, a North Dakota lawmaker said this week she plans to introduce legislation reducing penalties for possessing a small amount of the drug.

State Rep. Shannon Roers Jones, R-Fargo, said under the proposal, people caught with a small amount of marijuana would only pay a fine and avoid creating a criminal record. She said she’s still working out the details of the bill, adding it could apply to possession of an ounce or less of the drug.

Marijuana possession is currently a Class B misdemeanor under state law, but there are exceptions for medical use with a valid certification and card.

Fri
23
Nov

North Dakota: Recreational marijuana supporters to give it another shot in 2020

Legalize ND leader David Owen said they are “100 percent” going to try again in 2020 to pass a recreational marijuana bill in North Dakota.

Despite failing by a 59 percent to 41 percent margin earlier this month, Owen said they are using North Dakota attorneys to write the new proposed language for the ballot measure.

What will be different, he said, is that the proposal will include provisions for tax revenue from sales and limits on the amounts of marijuana an individual can grow or possess.

Other regulations are also planned. “It’ll be a more traditional legalization bill,” he said, similar to those that have passed in other states.

Fri
02
Nov

North Dakota: If recreational marijuana is legalized, how will it be taxed?

Recreational marijuana sales could bring in a lot of tax dollars, but there is still nothing set-in-stone to determine how that money would be spent if Measure 3 passes.

It's a question, our State Legislature will decide. As your local election headquarters, KX News has been following the issues and topics you'll find on your ballot Tuesday.

The tax commissioner has already said, recreational marijuana will be subject to a 5 percent general state sales tax if it becomes legal. But it could also be taxed on top of that, for a sin tax, like alcohol and tobacco currently are.

Tue
30
Oct

North Dakota: Marijuana legalization leader said he doesn’t smoke it, but people with hopes knocked down is his driving force

David Owen said he has never smoked marijuana in his life, and he doesn’t plan to if North Dakotans approve a measure calling for the legalization of it.

So why would the University of North Dakota student studying molecular, cellular and developmental biology and political science spearhead the effort to decriminalize the drug? He pointed to stories of residents who had dreams of aspiration -- both large and small -- only to have the chances of achieving those dreams quashed by possessing or consuming a drug that he said shouldn’t be illegal.

Tue
23
Oct

First poll ever shows marijuana legalization initiative could pass in North Dakota next month

While most of the attention from cannabis advocates for next month's election has been focused on 

Thu
18
Oct

North Dakota: Medical marijuana program to accept applications for patients

Starting Oct. 29, North Dakota medical marijuana qualifying patients and their designated caregivers can apply to obtain registry cards.

Meanwhile, one of the two proposed medical marijuana manufacturing facilities still awaits state approval, and two of the applicants selected to apply to operate dispensaries in Bismarck and Fargo have not yet received local government approval nor met state requirements.

Under the state medical marijuana program, there will be two medical marijuana manufacturing facilities in Bismarck and Fargo and eight dispensaries throughout the state.

Fri
28
Sep

Marijuana initiatives in the midterms that could change everything

Legalization could be coming to even more states.

In just a few short years, marijuana went from being a taboo recreational drug you “didn’t inhale” at college parties to a legalized resource touted for its ability to improve health and bolster the economy. Highly-publicized marijuana legalization efforts in states like Washington, Colorado, and California have helped forge (often through trial and error) a pathway to legalization that could impact everything from employment to incarceration in the U.S.

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