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South Dakota: Two Bills Pertaining to Medical Marijuana Pending

Update: Senate Bill 95 was amended by members of the Senate Judiciary Committee so that it will only be excluded from the definition of marijuana once it is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. This amendment essentially makes this bill moot. Update: Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee passed SB 157 by a … Continue reading »

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North Dakota: Oppose Legislation to Rewrite Voter-Approved Medical Marijuana Law

Senate legislation is pending, Senate Bill 2344, to significantly rewrite the North Dakota Compassionate Care Act. Sixty-four percent of voters approved the law on Election Day. Lawmakers should respect the public’s will and implement this law as initiated. Unfortunately, SB 2344 makes several unacceptable changes to the Act. Specifically, prohibits qualified patients from possessing whole-plant … Continue reading »

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South Dakota: Legislation Pending to Eliminate Internal Possession Offenses

More than a dozen lawmakers are backing legislation, Senate Bill 129, to eradicate the state’s marijuana possession by ingestion law. Under the law, one can be charged with a felony drug offense if their past use of a marijuana shows up on a blood or urine test. In the case of cannabis, byproducts of THC … Continue reading »

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North Dakota: Marijuana Decriminalization Measure Introduced

Legislation is pending in the House to decriminalize the possession of marijuana and marijuana-related paraphernalia.  House Bill 1340 amends existing law so that activities involving the possession of marijuana, marijuana-related paraphernalia, or the internal possession of marijuana are reduced from criminal misdemeanors to non-criminal infractions — punishable by a fine only, no arrest, no jail, … Continue reading »

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North Dakota: Do Not Delay Medical Marijuana

In November 2016, nearly 64% of North Dakotans voted for the North Dakota Compassionate Care Act, to create a comprehensive medical marijuana program in the state to provide access for patients suffering from serious illnesses ranging from cancer to AIDS.  Yet in an affront to the democratic process, legislation introduced by House and Senate leadership … Continue reading »

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South Dakota: Industrial Hemp Measure Tabled

House legislation, HB 1054, to redefine industrial hemp as an agricultural crop and establish licensing regulations for the plant’s cultivation has been tabled for the legislative session.  The legislation was approved by the full House in an 57-11 vote on Thursday, February 4th but unfortunately members of the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources committee voted against it in a … Continue reading »

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South Dakota: House Votes Down Senate-Backed Medical Marijuana Measure

Members of the House have voted down Senate Bill 171 by a vote of 43 to 25, killing the measure for this session. Members of the Senate had previously approved the measure, but significantly amended it so that it only only sought to permit patients with intractable epilepsy to possess cannabidiol with a ‘prescription.’ The amended measure … Continue reading »

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