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Print Column: We Need to Legalize Marijuana, Not Merely Decriminalize It

Print Column: We Need to Legalize Marijuana, Not Merely Decriminalize It

MINOT, N.D. – Last year a ballot measure to legalize marijuana in North Dakota failed at the ballot box. Despite this outcome, many of our state’s politicians recognize there is a need, and an appetite among voters, for some further loosening of our state’s laws with regard to marijuana. Enter state Rep. Shannon Roers Jones,

Podcast: Measure 3 Debate, Elizabeth Warren’s DNA, and Voter ID

On the radio show today we had an hour-long and very informative debate about Measure 3 which, if approved in November, would legalize recreational marijuana in North Dakota. David Owens from Legalize ND made the affirmative argument for the measure while Will Jones from Smart Approaches to Marijuana provided the counter argument. I also discussed

Podcast: Heitkamp’s Handling of Sex Abuse Case in the 1990’s, Burgum’s Fiscal Record, Opposition to Measure 3

On the radio show today we talked extensively about the bombshell Fox News story about Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s handling of a physical/sexual investigation involving a Native American school back in the 1990’s when she was Attorney General. Also Chris Edwards from the Cato Institute talked about their ranking North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum as the

Podcast: Rep. Marvin Nelson Talks Marijuana, House Majority Leader Al Carlson Talks #NoDAPL and Heidi Heitkamp

On the radio show today, Democratic state Representative Marvin Nelson talked about the challenges North Dakota lawmakers may face if Measure 3 to legalize recreational marijuana passes. He says the Legislature may have to tweak a few things, but that they’re more than capable of making it work. House Majority Leader Al Carlson also joined

In an undated photo, a urine test sample container. (Johnny Tergo/The New York Times/Copyright 2018/New York Times)

Sean Foss: Legalizing Recreational Marijuana Creates Conundrum for Employers

This guest post was submitted by Fargo attorney Sean Foss. As North Dakota voters consider whether to approve Measure 3, which would generally legalize recreational marijuana use for those aged 21 and up, employers in the State face a particularly-difficult conundrum: if the measure passes, it will become illegal for most employers to discriminate against

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Senator Heitkamp Won’t Say Where She Stands on North Dakota’s Measure to Legalize Recreational Marijuana

Recently a SAB reader who attended a discussion on addiction in West Fargo told me they overheard the host of that discussion, Senator Heidi Heitkamp, tell other attendees that Measure 3 is a bad idea. That measure, if approved by North Dakota voters in November, would make recreational marijuana legal in our state. Last week,

If Marijuana Legalization Has Been So Bad for Other States, Why Have So Many of Them Done It?

When opponents of Measure 3, which would legalize recreational marijuana in North Dakota, make their case against the proposal they often cite statistics from other parts of the country where marijuana has been legalized. The intent is to provide for us a cautionary tale about how legalizing marijuana might go in our state. A recent

Print Column: Health Department’s Fiscal Note for Recreational Marijuana Measure Is Ridiculous

MINOT, N.D.—The Legislative Management Committee in Bismarck recently considered reports on the fiscal impacts of the four ballot measures on our November ballot. This is an important step in the legislative process, allowing the various state agencies to chime in on what sort of impacts these measures might have if they’re approved by voters. For

Close Up Marijuana Bud and Leaves on Indoor Plant

Reported Cost of Implementing Recreational Marijuana Measure Seems Inflated

Today the Legislative Management Committee in Bismarck is receiving a report on the fiscal impacts of the four measures on the statewide ballot. You can read the agenda for the meeting here. That PDF contains links to the reports on all of the measures. The report on Measure 3, to legalize recreational marijuana, is the

Dave Owen, middle, chairman of the North Dakota Marijuana Legalization Initiative, celebrtaes a high-five with volunteer Becky-Muhs-Rettig inside the Secretary of State's office at the state Capitol on Monday in Bismarck. More than a dozen people volunteers filed into the room to submit the more than 18,000 petitioned signatures to Jaeger's office. The measure would legalize the growing, possessing, distribution and use of marijuana for people over 21-years-old. If the measure signatures are verified, it will be placed on the November ballot. 7-9-2018

Secretary of State Approves Recreational Marijuana Measure for the Ballot

Today Secretary of State Al Jaeger’s office approved a third ballot measure for North Dakotans to vote on in November. The organizers behind a measure to legalize recreational marijuana submitted 15,777 signatures. Of those 738 were disqualified for various reasons, leaving the measure with a signature total 1,587 more than the law requires. Here’s the