North Dakota Legalization Initiative Approved for Nov. Ballot; MMJ Launch Likely Delayed Until 2019

North Dakota voters will get their chance to vote on adult-use cannabis legalization this November, according to the Associated Press. Cannabis advocates collected and submitted more than 14,600 valid voter signatures in favor of the ballot initiative, said North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger. They only needed 13,500. The proposal seeks to legalize cannabis for […]

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Adult-Use Legalization Question Expected for North Dakota’s November Ballot

North Dakota advocates have successfully submitted enough signatures in favor of adult-use cannabis legalization to put the issue on November’s ballot, the Bismarck Tribune reports. Advocates submitted some 18,700 signatures to the Secretary of State’s office on Monday; they needed a total of 13,452 signatures to put the issue before voters. “The measure legalizes the use, sale, possession, […]

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North Dakota MMJ Rules Take Effect Apr. 1

The laws governing North Dakota’s medical cannabis program will take effect April 1 after getting the green light from the Legislature’s Administrative Rules Committee, the Bismarck Tribune reports. The voter-approved law was re-written by lawmakers last year, who said that the ballot version was flawed. Jason Wahl, director of the Health Department’s medical marijuana division, […]

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19 Attorney Generals Send Letter to Congress Asking for Cannabis Banking Protection Legislation

Attorney generals from 17 states, Washington, D.C., and Guam have sent a letter to members of Congress urging them to “advance legislation that would allow states that have legalized medical or recreational use of marijuana to bring that commerce into the banking system” following Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ move to rescind the Cole Memo protections. […]

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North Dakota Health Officials Accepting Applications for MMJ Testing Labs

The North Dakota Health Department is seeking non-binding letters of intent from laboratories interested in testing medical cannabis products once the voter-approved system comes online, the Associated Press reports. Health officials anticipate qualified patients will have access to medical cannabis products by late spring or early summer 2018. The state’s law allows two “compassion centers” […]

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North Dakota Advocates Launch Rec. Petition Bid

Advocates in North Dakota are finalizing their draft of a ballot proposal to legalize recreational cannabis use for adults 21-and-older hoping to gather enough signatures to bring the issue to voters during the 2018 midterm elections, the Bismarck Tribune reports. The drive is spearheaded by Dave Owen, a college student from Grand Forks, who said […]

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Lawmakers Likely to Delay MMJ Implementation in North Dakota

North Dakota lawmakers are considering delaying the rollout of the state’s voter-backed medical cannabis initiative, with legislators from both sides of the aisle saying implementing the new regime takes time, according to a KFYR-TV report. If passed, parts of the medical cannabis law would not take effect until July 31. “We want to do it […]

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Applications Open for North Dakota Industrial Hemp Program

The North Dakota Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for participation in its industrial hemp program, according to a Bismarck Tribune report. The request for applications comes at the urging of growers who cite their crop’s success under last year’s pilot program. According to the report, hemp yields in Benson County ranged from 895 pounds-per-acre […]

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Questions Abound in North Dakota About Enacting New MMJ Law

Officials in North Dakota are working toward implementing the medical marijuana referendum approved by voters on Election Day, which requires that the measure be enacted within 30 days of its passage, the Minot Daily News reports. The text of the law is 33 pages, filled with stipulations and some provisions could be subject to interpretation. […]

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Green Tuesday: Eight of Nine Cannabis Initiatives Pass

Voters in California, Nevada, and Massachusetts have legalized adult cannabis use. Ballots are still being counted in Maine, and it looks extraordinarily tight, but the Yes On 1 campaign declared victory early this morning. Arizona voters turned down their recreational cannabis initiative. Arkansas, Florida, North Dakota, and Montana each voted for either allowing medical cannabis […]

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North Dakota Medical Marijuana Measure 5 Results: Live Updates

North Dakota’s Measure 5 would create a medical cannabis program for patients suffering from “debilitating medical conditions” — including in this case cancer and it’s treatments; HIV/AIDS; Hepatitis C; ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease; post-traumatic stress disorder; Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and its treatments; Crohn’s disease, fibromyalgia; spinal damage/stenosis; chronic back pain; glaucoma; epilepsy; neuropathy; and wasting syndrome. […]

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Danielle Keane: The 2016 Cannabis Legalization Opportunity

Danielle Keane is the Political Director of NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. She recently joined our podcast host TG Branfalt for a discussion about the upcoming election season and the unprecedented opportunity that it presents for the cannabis legalization movement. In the upcoming election season, nine states will be voting […]

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North Dakota Hemp Harvested Under Ag Department Pilot Program

North Dakota farmers are harvesting their first legal hemp crops under the state Agricultural Department’s experimental program, according to a Bismarck Tribune report. Just five growers are approved under the pilot program, which aims to research the growth, cultivation and marketability of industrial hemp. One farmer, Clarence Laub, yielded roughly 5,000 pounds from his 10-acre […]

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Nine States Voting on Marijuana Measures in 2016

This election season, nine states will be voting on ballot initiatives related to legalizing and regulating cannabis in some form. This is an unprecedented opportunity for medical marijuana activists and entrepreneurs who are looking at legalization as an opportunity for new businesses. While it is unlikely that all of these ballot initiatives will pass, recent polls […]

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North Dakota MMJ Initiative Approved for November Ballot

North Dakota’s ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana was approved by the Secretary of State and will be put to voters in November, according to an Associated Press report. Supporters of the North Dakota Compassionate Care Act turned in more than 17,200 qualified signatures to Secretary of State Al Jaeger yesterday — thousands more than […]

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Hopeful Industrial Hemp Farmers Pushing Forward in North Dakota, Oregon

Hopeful hemp farmers in North Dakota and Oregon are stepping forward to join their states’ experimental hemp programs. The two states are expected to issue licenses for experimental hemp plots — hemp is the non-psychoactive sister plant to cannabis, and is extremely useful in the creation of various textiles, bio-fuel, paper, and construction materials. Both […]

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