Supporters of marijuana legalization in North Dakota have submitted more than 18,000 signatures to the secretary of state in support of a measure that would fully legalize the drug, well above the 13,452 signatures required to put the question on the November ballot.
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Heitkamp, Heidi - (D - ND)
110 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
Hoeven, John - (R - ND)
338 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
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.
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