North Dakota Initiative to Legalize Marijuana Approved for Circulation by Secretary of State

North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger on Friday approved for circulation an initiative to legalize marijuana for everyone 21 and older.

Proponents of the initiative must now collect around 13,500 signatures from registered North Dakota voters in order to put it to a vote of the people during the November, 2018 general election. The proposal would legalize the possession, personal cultivation and licensed distribution of recreational marijuana for everyone who is at least 21 years old.

The measure would also seal the records of anyone who’s been convicted of a marijuana-related crime that would be made legal under the initiative.

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North Dakota: Medical Marijuana Measure Certified For November Ballot

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Medical Marijuana MeasureVoters will decide this November on a statewide ballot measure to regulate the use and dispensing of cannabis for therapeutic purposes.

The Secretary of State’s office has confirmed that initiative proponents, North Dakota Compassionate Care, submitted a sufficient number of signatures from registered voters to qualify the measure for the November ballot.

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Initiative to Legalize Medical Cannabis Officially Place on November Ballot in North Dakota

North Dakota’s secretary of state has announced that the North Dakota Compassionate Care Act of 2016 has officially been placed on the Novembermedcan 8th general election ballot after it was confirmed that at least 13,500 valid signatures were submitted by proponents of the measure.

If the initiative is passed into law, the possession and use of up to three ounces of medical cannabis will be legal for those who receive a recommendation from a physician. State-licensed dispensaries would also be legalized, accessible by any patient, and licensed cultivation centers would supply said dispensaries. A provision in the measure allows those living 40 or more miles from a dispensary to grow up to eight plants.

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North Dakota: Enough Signatures Collected to Put Medical Cannabis Legalization to a Vote

Advocates of the North Dakota Compassionate Care Act 2016 have collected more than enough signatures to put their measure to a vote of the people this November; they plan to submitnorth the signatures to the Secretary of State this morning.

Under the proposed law, the possession and use of medical cannabis will be legal for those with a qualifying condition such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, glaucoma and epilepsy, given they receive a recommendation from a physician. State-licensed dispensaries would be legalized as a means of safe access to the medicine, and those living 40 or more miles from a dispensary would be authorized to grow up to eight plants.

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North Dakota Committee Votes 11 to 2 to Legalize Hemp

hemphemphempThe North Dakota House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee has voted 11 to 2 to give approval to House Bill 1054, to legalize industrial hemp.

The proposed law, which now moves towards a full House vote, is sponsored by Representative Mike Verchio (R-Hill City) with a bipartisan coalition of 39 cosponsors. If passed into law, it would explicitly legalize the cultivation and production of industrial hemp for commercial purposes.

Specifically, the bill states that “any person in this state may plant, grow, harvest, possess, process, sell, and buy industrial hemp (cannabis sativa l.) having no more than three-tenths of one percent tetrahydrocannabinol.

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Initiative to Legalize Medical Cannabis Approved by North Dakota’s Secretary of State

north dakotaAn initiative to legalize medical cannabis has been given approval by North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger, giving advocates the go-ahead to begin collecting signatures in an attempt to place it on next year’s general election ballot.

The proposal, put forth by the North Dakota Committee for Medical Marijuana, would legalize the possession of up to three ounces of cannabis for those who receive a recommendation from a physician. Qualified patients will also be authorized to purchase their medicine from a state-licensed “Compassion Center” (dispensary), which would receive cannabis from a licensed cultivation center.

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New Study Examines Cannabis Prices Throughout the United States

budA new study conducted at the University of Georgia paints a clear picture of how cannabis prices vary throughout the United States.

For the study, researcher Mingshu Wang used the website Price of Weed, examining nearly 300,000 entries of cannabis prices through the contiguous United States. He found that cannabis prices were cheapest in Oregon, with an average-priced ounce going for $190, well below the national average of $284. The state with the highest average cannabis prices was North Dakota, at $361 an ounce.

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Hemp Now Legal in North Dakota

hemp (1)Industrial hemp is now legal in North Dakota, due to House Bill 1436 becoming law on Friday, August 1st.

House Bill 1436, which was approved by the Senate with a 46 to 1 vote, and by the House of Representatives with an 87 to 5 vote, was signed into law by Governor Jack Dalrymple in March. The measure legalizes the production and cultivation of hemp, which is defined as having 0.3% THC or less. The measure establishes a regulatory framework allowing farmers wanting to grow the crop to become licensed with the state.

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North Dakota Governor Signs Bill Legalizing Industrial Hemp

North Dakota hempGovernor Jack Dalrymple signed into law Friday House Bill 1436, a proposal to legalize the production and cultivation of industrial hemp.

The proposal, which passed the state’s Senate with a 46 to 1 vote, and was approved by the House of Representatives with an 87 to 5 vote, will legalize the production and cultivation of hemp, which will be defined as having 0.3% THC or less. The measure establishes a regulatory framework that will allow farmers wanting to grow the crop to become licensed with the state.

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North Dakota Senate Passes Bill to Explicitly Legalize Hemp, Heads to Governor

North Dakota’shemp full Senate has voted 46 to 1 to legalize hemp through the passage of House Bill 1436. The proposal has already been approved with an 87 to 5 vote by the state’s House of Representatives, meaning it’s been sent to Gov. Jack Dalrymple’s for consideration.

Governor Dalrymple has the option of passing the measure into law, allowing it to become law without his signature or vetoing it, though the Legislature passed the bill with more than enough support to override a veto.

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