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North Dakota Marijuana News and Politics

U.S. Senators

Heitkamp, Heidi - (D - ND) 

110 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-2043

Contact: www.heitkamp.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact

 

Hoeven, John - (R - ND) 

338 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-2551

Sen. Hoeven is up for re-election in 2016

 

Marijuana Policy Project on North Dakota:

Last update: July 21, 2015

North Dakota has some of the harshest marijuana laws in the country. First offense possession of even a single joint is punishable by up to a year in prison and up to a $2,000 fine.

A 2013 study by the American Civil Liberties Union found that although blacks and whites use marijuana at nearly identical rates, blacks in North Dakota are 4.4 times more likely than whites to be arrested for marijuana possession.

North Dakota lags behind neighbors on marijuana policies

North Dakota’s eastern neighbor stopped jailing adults for simple possession of marijuana back in 1976 while its neighbor to the west has had a medical marijuana law for nearly a decade. But in North Dakota, marijuana users — including those using marijuana to treat debilitating pain or the effects of cancer — are still branded criminals.

This year’s session of the Legislative Assembly saw the introduction of positive legislation, which was encouraging. House Bill 1430, supported by a bipartisan group of seven legislators, would have created a comprehensive medical marijuana system for North Dakotans. Unfortunately, the bill failed in the House, and the regular legislative session has now adjourned. Let your legislators know that, when they reconvene for the 2017 session, it will be time to stand up for compassionate and sensible policies.

North Dakota Cannabis News

 

Grand Forks, ND (WDAZ-TV) - The debate over legalizing marijuana has heated up nationally in recent years. North Dakota is no exception.

The petition seeks to make it legal to grow, possess, use and distribute marijuana for those over age 21.

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota American Indian tribe that sought to open the nation’s first marijuana resort burned its crop after federal officials signaled a potential raid, the tribal president said Monday.


Flandreau Santee Sioux President Anthony Reider told The Associated Press the tribe had three weeks of discussions with authorities that culminated with a meeting in Washington that included a Justice Department official and U.S. Attorney for South Dakota Randolph Seiler.

Reider said the tribe wasn’t told a raid was imminent — only that one was possible if the government’s concerns weren’t addressed. He said the main holdup is whether the tribe can sell marijuana to non-Indians, along with the origin of the seeds used for its crop.

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The Associated Press

Nearly 13,500 signatures are needed for medical marijuana in North Dakota to be up for vote and Ray Morgan has no doubt they'll get there.