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Marijuana buds in a jar at a Portland, Ore. medical marijuana dispensary. REUTERS / Steve Dipaola / Files

Maybe the Legislature Should Let Medical Marijuana Proponents Live With Their Stupid Ballot Measure

Maybe the Legislature Should Let Medical Marijuana Proponents Live With Their Stupid Ballot Measure

In their latest bout of insufferable belly aching, the proponents of legal medical marijuana in North Dakota are now threatening legal action over legislative handling of the issue. “We don’t believe that the state Legislature needs or wants a lawsuit concerning (the medical marijuana law),” Riley Ray Morgan, the organizer behind last year’s initiated measure, told

A screenshot from a Doug Burgum campaign ad aired during the 2016 election cycle touting the candidate as a "champion for North Dakota gun rights."

Governor Burgum Is Undecided on Constitutional Carry Legislation

Yesterday the state Senate passed a House bill allowing North Dakotans who are not otherwise prohibited by law to carry concealed weapons without a permit. Because the Senate did not make any amendments to the bill, it now goes to Governor Doug Burgum’s office. But will he sign it? Burgum campaigned on his support for

A gun rights supporter carries his Ruger model SR9 pistol on his hip in Romulus, Michigan April 27, 2014. REUTERS / Rebecca Cook

Video: Legislature Sends Constitutional Carry Bill to Governor Doug Burgum

The state Senate today easily passed HB1169, a “constitutional carry” bill introduced by Rep. Rick Becker (R-Bismarck). The bill essentially allows for any North Dakota citizen to carry concealed unless they are otherwise restricted from possessing/carrying a firearm by law. There were a couple of tweaks made at the behest of law enforcement. For one,

Brandon Muhs, front, of Fargo, North Dakota, pushes a dolly cart with boxes containing petition signatures into the Secretary of State's office on 7-11-2016 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, North Dakota.

Here’s an Idea for Initiated Measures: Require That They Go Through the Legislature First

The initiated measure process is a terrible way to make public policy, and the 2016 election cycle proved it. Not only did voters approve a medical marijuana measure that forgot to, you know, decriminalize medical marijuana they also cast their ballots for Marsy’s Law, a constitutional amendment which is already diminishing the amount of justice

We Shouldn’t Use the Legacy Fund to Prop up Boom Time Spending

A letter write to the Fargo Forum today asks a question that’s probably going through the minds of a lot of North Dakotans. As lawmakers engage in a painful budgeting process to finish out this year’s session, why aren’t they tapping into more of the state’s prodigious reserve funds? The Legacy Fund, specifically, which was created

Macy Christianson, Miss Grand Forks, won the title of Miss North Dakota 2016 Saturday night at Williston High School.

Miss North Dakota Says She Felt “Nervous” Before Mentioning Abortion in Speech to Lawmakers

“I’ve gotten a lot of support,” Macy Christianson, Miss North Dakota 2016, told me during a radio interview today. “People have been coming up and thanking me.” She was referring to her speech yesterday before lawmakers during which she thanked them for opposing abortion. “I have immense respect for our state for having taken a

Senator Judy Lee (R-Fargo) speaks against legislation to implement drug testing for welfare recipients.

Video: Senate Votes Down Second Bill Requiring Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients

Earlier this session the state Senate voted down SB2279, introduced by Senator Tom Campbell, which would have implemented drug testing for welfare recipients. Today the Senate took up a version of this same bill, though this one originated in the House and passed there last month. HB1308 would require that TANF (welfare) recipients participating in

Video: Miss North Dakota Thanks Lawmakers for Opposing Abortion, Says State Isn’t “Against Women”

From time to time during their session lawmakers have people stop by to address the House or Senate floor. Today Macy Christianson, who is Miss North Dakota for 2016, spoke to the state Senate and got a little political with her remarks. “One aspect that I love in particular about being a title holder is

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