North Dakota Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Advances As Activists And Lawmakers Push Legalization Measures

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A bill to significantly expand marijuana decriminalization in North Dakota cleared a key House committee on Tuesday while a proposed resolution to have voters decide on legalizing cannabis in 2022 was defeated by the panel. That said, the sponsor of the decriminalization legislation said she’d ask the legislature to defeat it if a separate bill to legalize adult-use cannabis ends up getting approved. Rep. Shannon Roers Jones (R) originally filed the decriminalization measure last month. The legislation, which would build on an initial marijuana decriminalization law that was enacted in 2019, advanced through the House Judiciary Committee after a 8-4 “do pass” vote. Under the current statute, possession of half an ounce or less of cannabis is an infraction punishable by a fine of up to $1,000, with no jail time. The new proposal would make possession of up to an ounce a non-criminal offense that carries a $50 fine. Further, possession of more than one ounce and less than 250 grams would be treated as an infraction, rather than a class B misdemeanor, as it is currently classified. “Basically we don’t want to create criminal records that are going to affect people into the future for possessing small quantities of marijuana or marijuana paraphernalia,” she said during Tuesday’s meeting. “What we’ve recognized is this affects people’s ability to find jobs, housing, et cetera in the future. It affects their ability to be successful.” Rep. Marvin Nelson (D) also introduced a resolution to the Judiciary Committee that proposes place a measure to amend the state Constitution to legalize marijuana before voters in 2022. That was shot down by the panel in a 10-2 “do not pass” recommendation. Separately, a Republican lawmaker is pushing a cannabis legalization bill he introduced even though he does not support the underling policy change. Roers Jones…

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