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North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem announces the filing of a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma and their role in the opiod crisis on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, during a press conference at First Step Recovery in south Fargo. David Samson / Forum News Service

The Problem for All These Opioid Lawsuits Is Germany

The Problem for All These Opioid Lawsuits Is Germany

The State of North Dakota is suing the pharmaceutical industry over the opioid crisis (the suit was recently dismissed but apparently there will be an appeal). In addition to the state, 19 of North Dakota’s cities and counties have also been persuaded as of June to file suit against “big pharma” as well. Nationally, pretty

An Interstate 94 traffic stop the morning of Jan. 21, 2018, about 8 miles east of Jamestown, N.D., resulted in a Stutsman County deputy seizing 476 pounds of marijuana. Special to The Forum

Cop Stopped and Searched Motorists Because They Were Suspiciously Obeying the Law

Last month a North Dakota Judge ruled that nearly 500 lbs of marijuana seized during a traffic stop could not be admitted as evidence for criminal charges against the driver and his passenger because the traffic stop itself was unconstitutional. The story made headlines because, let’s face it, that’s a lot of marijuana and losing

A guard stands by as inmates at the North Dakota State Penitentiary walk between cell units in Bismarck. (MIKE McCLEARY, Bismarck Tribune)

‘Build More Jails’ Is Not a Sustainable Solution to the Drug Addiction Problem

There is a significant debate in North Dakota right now circling around prison overcrowding and how we treat drug abuse in the criminal justice system. Some including Leann Bertsch, director of the North Dakota Department of Corrections, want put more emphasis on addiction treatment instead of incarceration. Others, unfortunately, seem to like the status quo.

Fargo Police Chief David Todd: Treat Medicinal Marijuana "As Medicine"

This year North Dakotans may be asked to vote on not one but two ballot measures legalizing marijuana (and, ironically, one measure to implement tobacco price prohibition). One marijuana measure being circulated seeks to legalize medicinal marijuana. Another seeks to legalize all types of marijuana use. Interestingly, Fargo Police Chief David Todd seems open to

California Legalizes Pot, Drug Dealers Move To New York

There’s a fascinating lesson in the economics of prohibition to be learned from this report of a drug dealer who moved from California, where marijuana is basically legal, to New York where it remains illegal: Meet Chuck, a San Francisco marijuana dealer, who came to New York from California to sell weed because, in New

Hoeven, Heitkamp Vote To Make Internet Shopping More Expensive

The US Senate just passed the misnamed Marketplace Fairness Act on a 69-27 vote. Both of North Dakota’s Senators, John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp, voted for the bill which allows states to collect sales taxes from online retailers even if they have no physical presence in the state in question and thus use none of

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