An activist group in North Dakota has submitted language for an initiative petition that would legalize recreational marijuana in the state. The group, Legalize ND, turned in the required paperwork for the legalization initiative to the office of the secretary of state on Thursday. If the initiative succeeds at... Read more
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s pardon advisory board took a significant step Wednesday in wiping criminal records clean for 26 people with low-level marijuana convictions, a first under a new policy aimed at fixing problems the records have caused for people trying to find jobs and housing. With... Read more
A new North Dakota program to expunge the records of low-level cannabis offenders has seen few takers so far, leading state officials wondering how to better get the word out. Under the program, offenders with convictions for minor marijuana crimes can receive a pardon and have their records cleared... Read more
With support from the state’s Republican governor, North Dakota moved on Wednesday to allow thousands of individuals to potentially wipe their slate clean of low-level marijuana convictions. The state’s pardon advisory board unanimously approved the policy change, clearing the way for those residents to apply for a pardon for... Read more
North Dakotans likely to vote again on marijuana
It’s likely North Dakota voters will get an opportunity to vote on some form of marijuana legalization in the November 2020 election. The shape of any ballot measure will be decided over the next few months. David Owen, chairman of Legalize ND, which spearheaded the 2018 failed measure, held... Read more
North Dakota court says CBD status not a ‘matter of great public concern’
North Dakota’s highest court has decided not to rule on the legality of hemp-derived CBD, upholding a drug conviction for a vape-shop owner who sold CBD. The court said that the retailer, Falesteni A. Abu Hamda, should have made his CBD argument earlier instead of accepting the state’s case against... Read more
North Dakota House passes number of medical marijuana bills
February 19, 2019 by AggregatedNews Leave a Comment The North Dakota House on Monday passed a series of bills aimed at expanding the state’s medical marijuana law. Lawmakers passed four bills that would amend the state’s medical marijuana law, including one that would add 13 new medical conditions to... Read more
South Dakota lawmakers vote to join hemp boom, despite governor’s concerns
South Dakota lawmakers have given hemp production a huge thumbs-up, against the governor’s wishes to table the proposal, to join at least 41 other states with laws allowing hemp cultivation. The House voted 65-2 Monday to allow hemp farming, a solid rebuke to South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, who... Read more
Top Five Memorable Marijuana Moments In 2018
by Michelle Rutter, NCIA Government Relations Manager As 2018 draws to a close, our Government Relations team in Washington, D.C. is feeling especially thankful this year – both for all of our members, and for all of the strides forward that cannabis policy made this year! Before 2019 begins,... Read more
From The Ballot Box: Post-Midterm Election Analysis
by Michelle Rutter, NCIA Government Relations Manager Last night, Americans all over the country let their voices be heard at the ballot box. Voters in Michigan cast their votes for the legalization of adult-use cannabis, increasing momentum of our movement. At the same time, voters in Missouri and Utah... Read more

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