North Dakota


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.


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.


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.


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."


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.


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.


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