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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

 

The state will receive a total of 84,250 pounds of industrial hemp seed this year with seed distributed in 50-pound bags.

MINOT -- A Republican Minot senator raised concerns about the price of medical marijuana at a town hall meeting over the weekend -- making note that he asked for a fee of only $25 to get an authorization card instead of the $200 fee proposed so far in the Senate bill.

BISMARCK — A Senate bill rewriting language of Measure 5 would institute $300 fees for applicants wanting medical marijuana cards and a $100,000 fee for certification of compassion centers that would manufacture and dispense the substance.

BISMARCK — The 2014 Farm Bill allowed for universities and state departments of agriculture to create pilot programs for the growing of industrial hemp. But it didn’t change the Controlled Substances Act or make hemp completely legal.