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Print Column: North Dakota’s Pro-Marijuana Movement Has Fractured Making Legalization Far Less Likely

Print Column: North Dakota’s Pro-Marijuana Movement Has Fractured Making Legalization Far Less Likely

MINOT, N.D. — There is a very large faction of North Dakotans who want marijuana legalized for recreational use. After approving medical marijuana in 2016, over 132,000 voters – more than 40% of turnout – voted to legalize recreational marijuana in 2018. Not a majority, but certainly a strong minority. Something for activists to build

David Owen of Grand Forks is the chairman of Legalize ND (file photo) David Samson / The Forum

Plain Talk: Legalize ND Spokesman Doesn’t See Rival Ballot Measure as Competition

There is some fracturing going on in the pro-marijuana movement in North Dakota, but on this episode of Plain Talk a spokesman for Legalize ND says he doesn’t see the new group as competition. “Their sponsoring committee looks more like a penitentiary,” David Owen told me, referring to the number of serious crimes members of

Marijuana Amendment Supporters Withdraw Measure for “Language Changes”

Yesterday we got news that a group of activists had submitted a petitions to be approved for circulation in support of a constitutional amendment to legalize the growth and use of marijuana and to mandate state-backed research into the same. This morning, however, the group withdrew their measure. The reason? “Language changes,” John Bailey, chairman

Constitutional Measure to Legalize Marijuana Has Sponsoring Committee With a Spotty Background

Secretary of State Al Jaeger’s office has received for review a petition backing a constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana. While I support legalizing marijuana, this proposed policy is a terrible idea, all the more so because the policy would be enshrined in the state constitution. Where this sort of policy ought not be. But more

Rep. Shannon Roers Jones, R-Fargo (file photo) Mike McCleary / Bismarck Tribune

Plain Talk: How Did an Effort to Decriminalize Marijuana Get Turned Into Legislation Which Increases Penalties?

State Rep. Shannon Roers Jones (R-Fargo) has spent a lot of time this legislative session pushing to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana under North Dakota law. Her original bill failed, but the issue was brought back in the state Senate in an amendment to a Department of Corrections bill. But now that amendment

Plain Talk: State Senator Explains Why She Brought Back Decriminalization of Marijuana

State Senator Kristin Roers (R-Fargo) is a cousin to state Rep. Shannon Roers Jones (R-Fargo). The latter Roers introduced legislation to decriminalize marijuana earlier this session only to see it defeated. That prompted the former Roers to resurrect it by way of floor amendment in the Senate. To give the legislation its “day in court”

Rep. Kelly Armstrong (R-N.D.) listens to Michael Cohen testify before the House Oversight and Reform Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Feb. 27, 2019. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/Copyright 2019 The New York Times)

Plain Talk: Rep. Armstrong Says Demands for Full Mueller Report Are a “Political Stunt”

“Sometimes we hurt our friends more when we do these sort of things,” Rep. Kelly Armstrong said on this episode of Plain Talk. He was responding to a listener question about President Donald Trump’s proposal to shut down the border with Mexico. Armstrong says he opposes the move. “We need our trading partners in Canada

Senator-elect Kevin Cramer speaks at a post-election press conference on Wednesday morning in Bismarck. Cramer answered questions on a wide range of topics but stated he would be back in Washington next week to work on finalizing a farm bill among other items in his last days as North Dakota's lone congressman. Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

Senator Cramer Co-Sponsors Legislation With Senator Warren to Let States Set Their Own Marijuana Policy

“I’m such a prude, if I could I’d role it back so we couldn’t have booze,” Senator Kevin Cramer once told me during an interview. He was responding to a question about legalizing marijuana, expressing a personal that North Dakota shouldn’t legalize marijuana, but he also said he supported states making their own choices when

Rep. Shannon Roers Jones, R-Fargo Mike McCleary / Bismarck Tribune

Plain Talk: Lawmaker Says Push to Decriminalize Marijuana Isn’t Dead Yet

The North Dakota Legislature has a tradition of giving every bill introduced, at the very least, a committee hearing and a floor vote in the chamber in which it was introduced. A bill to decriminalize marijuana introduced by state Rep. Shannon Roers Jones (R-Fargo) did get those things, but on this episode of Plain Talk