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The Medical Marijuana Measure Was So Stupidly Written It Didn’t Actually Decriminalize Medical Marijuana

The Medical Marijuana Measure Was So Stupidly Written It Didn’t Actually Decriminalize Medical Marijuana

There has been a lot of carrying on about the Legislature undermining the “will of the people” by taking up some modifications to law created by Measure 5 in November. That measure, of course, was the medical marijuana initiative. It earned nearly 64 percent of the vote, but as evidence of just how little scrutiny

Brandon Muhs, front, of Fargo, North Dakota, pushes a dolly cart with boxes containing petition signatures into the Secretary of State's office on Monday, July 11, for a medical marijuana initiative for consideration on the November ballot. Initiative committee chairman Rilie Ray Morgan, second from right, and his wife, Rita, far right, also of Fargo, were among a group of supporters gathering at the state Capitol in Bismarck, N.D.. Photo by Mike McCleary/Bismarck Tribune

Down With Initiated Measures, Because All American Policymaking Should Be Subject to Checks and Balances

A week ago, in my Sunday newspaper column (here’s the Dickinson Press version), I questioned the wisdom of legislating at the ballot box through the initiated measure process. Today a letter writer to the Fargo Forum takes me to task for my argument. “I was disappointed to read Rob Port’s Marsy’s Law column,” Dennis Ell writes.

Amendment To Resolution Would Ban Initiated Constitutional Measures That Appropriate Money

Update: Senator David Hogue emails to make it clear that this amendment impacts only constituitonal measures. Statutory measures that appropriate money, or direct appropriations, would be ok. After rampant signature fraud on two ballot measures last year, North Dakota’s legislature has been grappling with reform for the initiated measure process. One proposal is SCR4006 which,

CNN Poll: Support For Gun Control Is Slipping

Democrats were in a hurry to push through tough new gun control regulations after the Sandy Hook murders, and here’s the reason why. With the assault weapons ban fizzling in the Senate, support for new gun control laws is declining the further we get away from what happened in New Town, Connecticut: Washington (CNN) –

In The Legislature, A Debate Over Direct Democracy Versus Representative Democracy

Today the House Judiciary Committee played host to a packed room full of people testifying on HCR3011 which would, if passed by the legislature and approved by voters, amend the state constitution to put some limits on the initiated measure process. Here are the changes proposed: * Measures with more than a $20 million fiscal

Senate Passes Resolution To Give Legislature Veto Over Some Initiated Measures

In North Dakota citizens are allowed to legislate directly through the initiated measure process per Article III of the state constitution. Statues and constitutional amendments can be put on the ballot by collecting a certain number of signatures, and if voters approve them they become law. The legislature cannot change the law for seven years

Legislator Proposes Bill Making Constitutional Petition Process Harder

There have been a lot of measures on North Dakota’s ballots over the last few years, and it appears as though one legislator wants to make the process a little harder. Rep. Keith Kempenich, a Republican from Bowman, ND, is proposing a bill that if passed would amend the state constitution to require that any

Democrat Introduces Constitutional Amendment To End Presidential Term Limits

Rep. José Serrano of New York has introduced H.J.Res. 15, an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to repeal the 22nd amendment. The 22nd amendment reads: No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as

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