Cannabis in North Dakota

Adult-use cannabis is illegal.
Medical cannabis was legalized by voter action in 2016.

 

Ballot Alert: North Dakota voters will vote on adult-use cannabis on November 8th.
Learn about the ballot measure here.

 

Voters in North Dakota rejected Statutory Measure 2, which would have legalized adult-use cannabis in the state.

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Sen. John Hoeven - R

Does Not Support Federal Legalization

  • Expunge Past Cannabis Convictions
  • Reinvest In Communities Most Impacted By The War On Drugs
  • Allow States To Legalize Adult-Use Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks

  • Cosponsored the Hemp Farming Bill of 2018, which would end the federal prohibition of industrial hemp.
  • Voted in favor of allowing VA doctors to recommend cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal.
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal.
  • Voted against allowing banks to provide financial services to cannabis-related businesses that are operating legally under state laws.

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Sen. Kevin Cramer - R

Does Not Support Federal Legalization

  • Expunge Past Cannabis Convictions
  • Reinvest In Communities Most Impacted By The War On Drugs
  • Allow States To Legalize Adult-Use Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks

  • Cramer has said that he is open to discussing ways to remove federal cannabis penalties. (2021)
  • Cosponsored the SAFE Banking Act of 2021, which allows banks to work with cannabis businesses that are legal at the state level. (2021)
  • Cosponsored the STATES Act of 2019, which would prevent the federal government from interfering with cannabis policy at the state level. (2019)
  • Tweeted: “I helped introduce the STATES Act with @SenCoryGardner and @SenWarren to ensure each state has the right to determine the best approach to marijuana within its own borders.” (2019)
  • Said he supported medical marijuana when it was on the ballot in North Dakota two years earlier but planned to vote against the adult-use legalization amendment that was on ballot in 2018. (2018)
  • Voted against allowing VA doctors to recommend cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)

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Rep. Kelly Armstrong (At-Large) - R

Does Not Support Federal Legalization

  • Expunge Past Cannabis Convictions
  • Reinvest In Communities Most Impacted By The War On Drugs
  • Allow States To Legalize Adult-Use Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks

  • Voted in favor of The Medical Marijuana Research Act, which would remove some barriers to medical cannabis research and allow researchers to use dispensary grade cannabis. (2022)
  • Cosponsored the Kenneth P. Thompson Begin Again Act, which would allow individuals who have completed their probation for a first-time, low-level drug possession offense to apply for expungement of their conviction. (2021)
  • Voted in favor of the SAFE Banking Act of 2021, which allows banks to work with cannabis businesses that are legal at the state level. (2021)
  • Cosponsored the SAFE Banking Act of 2021, which allows banks to work with cannabis businesses that are legal at the state level. (2021)
  • Voted against the MORE Act, which would end the prohibition of cannabis at the federal level, expunge low-level cannabis convictions, and levy a tax on cannabis sales to fund grants for communities that have been disproportionately harmed by cannabis prohibition. (2020)
  • Voted against advancing the MORE Act, which would end the prohibition of cannabis at the federal level, expunge low-level cannabis convictions, and levy a 5% tax on cannabis sales to fund grants for communities that have been disproportionately harmed by cannabis prohibition. (2019)
  • Voted in favor of the SAFE Banking Act of 2019, which allows banks to work with cannabis businesses that are legal at the state level. (2019)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2019)
  • Cosponsored the STATES Act of 2019, which would prevent the federal government from interfering with cannabis policy at the state level. (2019)
  • Cosponsored the SAFE Banking Act of 2019, which would allow banks to work with cannabis businesses that are legal at the state level. (2019)
  • Said he opposes legalizing recreational cannabis in North Dakota but believes states should be able to make their own decisions on the issue. (2018)

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Gov. Doug Burgum - R

Has Not Supported Adult Use Legalization In Their State

  • A spokesperson for Governor Burgum said: “Republican Gov. Doug Burgum supports decriminalization at the state level.” (2022)
  • After granting the first pardons of a new policy, Governor Burgum said: “These pardons are consistent with our recent efforts with the Legislature to reduce the penalties for low-level marijuana offenses and eliminate barriers to employment created by often distant past offenses.” (2020)
  • Quote: “I would like to see the federal government move toward decriminalization [of marijuana] so that we can actually get the financial system back involved in this part of the industry so we have a better shot of tracking it.” (2017)
  • Signed a bill to add numerous restrictions to North Dakota’s medical cannabis program. (2017)
  • Signed a bill to delay the implementation of North Dakota’s medical cannabis program. (2017)

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