On Wednesday, a reform to authorize cannabis in North Dakota ascended past the House Commission. The bill is being championed by a Republican legislator who disagrees personally with the policy change.
The HB 1420 legislation would permit 21 and older adults to buy and possess up to an ounce of recreational marijuana; however, home growing will remain illegal.
Although some activists regard the step as an achievement, the efforts behind the initiative’s launch seem to quell attempts by advocates to implement a far-reaching reform through a ballot vote.
Sponsored by Representative Jason Docker, the reform was narrowly passed by the House Human Services caucus in a seven-six vote with one absentee. It’s projected to head towards the Appropriations Commission before receiving potential floor consideration. This move comes after a disparate House committee cleared a reform to widen North Dakota’s existing cannabis decriminalization reform.
The authorization legislation is calling for lawful marijuana sales to start on 1st July 2022.
The commission’s members approved the regulation with a surfeit of amendments, that’re mostly technical. The chief amendment adopts provisions from the jurisdiction’s medical marijuana measure to allow current dispensaries to sell adult-use commodities. 21 and older folks would be permitted to buy not more than 21g of cannabis twice monthly; however, they won’t possess over an ounce at a moment.
Definition changes were adopted for the word ‘marijuana’ and ‘hashish’ was struck off from the proposal. THC’s definition was updated to exclude that it is extracted from commercial hemp. Underage possession penalties were also changed. It would be an infraction for 21 and younger folks to possess an ounce of cannabis and a Class B transgression to possess over an ounce of cannabis.
Based on the Associated Press, another different reform is being prepared to establish the tax protocol for an adult-use cannabis market. It’s still unclear when it will be submitted or whether it’ll be included in the existing reform as a floor or committee amendment.