Marijuana Decriminalization Bill In the Works After Legalization Effort Fails in North Dakota

Marijuana Decriminalization Bill In the Works After Legalization Effort Fails in North Dakota

State Rep. Shannon Roers Jones plans to introduce legislation reducing penalties for possessing a small amount of the drug.

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November 26, 2018

After an effort to legalize recreational marijuana failed at the ballot box, a North Dakota lawmaker said this week she plans to introduce legislation reducing penalties for possessing a small amount of the drug.

State Rep. Shannon Roers Jones, R-Fargo, said under the proposal, people caught with a small amount of marijuana would only pay a fine and avoid creating a criminal record. She said she’s still working out the details of the bill, adding it could apply to possession of an ounce or less of the drug.

Marijuana possession is currently a Class B misdemeanor under state law, but there are exceptions for medical use with a valid certification and card.

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