North Dakota Legislature is attempting to roll back the will of the voters!
Last update: February 7, 2017
When 64% of North Dakotans said yes to medical marijuana last November, seriously ill patients in the state were thrilled that they would finally be able to access their medicine. Unfortunately, lawmakers have proposed to alter the program beyond recognition. Urge your lawmakers to vote NO on SB 2344 and keep Measure 5 intact!
If passed, SB 2344 would prohibit whole plant cannabis and all other forms of cannabis other than liquids and pills. You can learn more about the benefits of whole plant here. SB 2344 would also eliminate the already very restrictive home cultivation provision, which applies only to patients living more than 40 miles from a dispensary. The bill would drastically raise costs, making the program out of reach for many. It undermines the will of the voters, substituting lawmakers’ judgment for that of their constituents. Please reach out to your legislators and urge them to vote against this measure.
You can read some more about the differences between Measure 5’s promises and how SB 2344 might undermine this program by clicking here. We cannot let SB 2344 pass! Please write your state lawmakers and urge them to stop this assault on democracy and the seriously ill. It is time to put patients first and stand up for a compassionate medical marijuana program!
Decriminalization and prohibition
North Dakota has some of the harshest marijuana laws in the country. First offense possession of even a single joint is punishable by up to a year in prison and a fine of up to $2,000.
These severe penalties disproportionately affect racial minorities. A 2013 study by the American Civil Liberties Union found that although blacks and whites use marijuana at nearly identical rates, blacks in North Dakota are 4.4 times more likely than whites to be arrested for marijuana possession.
Please take a moment to send a letter to your legislators asking them to reduce the penalty for possession of marijuana to a civil fine or asking them to end marijuana prohibition entirely.
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If you support reform and are a medical professional, a seriously ill patient who might benefit from medical marijuana, a law enforcement official, a clergy member, or a member of the legal community, or you know someone else that is, please email [email protected] to see how you can be of special help. Please include your address or nine-digit zip code.