On the 2016 ballot North Dakota voters approved a very complicated measure legalizing medical marijuana. Which is ok, as far as it goes. I’d rather have full-on legalization than this bureaucratic and expensive monstrosity, but that’s what we get when we stupidly legislate at the ballot box.
So it goes.
Before the 2017 legislative session, though, is a bill to prevent workers compensation payments for medical marijuana treatment and to deny any coverage for lost wages resulting from the use of medical marijuana.
Here’s an excerpt from HB1156, sponsored by Rep. George Keiser of Bismarck, showing the latter change to the law:
Still, the fact that organizers of last year’s ballot initiative made that sort of overweening regulation a part of the law means they don’t have a lot of grounds to object to this, I suppose.
We should just legalize marijuana already. This drip-drip-drip of partial legalization is going to be expensive and tortuous.
Here’s the full legislation: