Governor of North Dakota Quietly Signs Bill to Lessen Penalties for Pot Possession

North Dakota may not be the most publicly visible state when it comes to cannabis laws. The most recent example of the state’s relative quiet when it comes to weed is the fact that the governor just signed a new bill to lower the penalties for marijuana possession—and the whole thing happened without a whole lot of fanfare. Regardless, the move represents what could be a big step for cannabis law in North Dakota.

North Dakota’s New Marijuana Policy

A review of the website for North Dakota’s Legislative Branch shows that House Bill 1050 has completed its journey through the legislative process. Most recently, it was officially signed into law by Governor Doug Burgum earlier this month.

Importantly, this bill enacts a number of changes to the state’s cannabis policies. Under the terms of the new bill, the following changes will now become law:

A first time offense of possession of up to a half-ounce of cannabis will now be a simple infraction. As a result, the first time a person is caught with weed, they will face only a fine. Prior to House Bill 1050, possession of marijuana was considered a misdemeanor, which meant a person could serve jail

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