Term: Cannabis in North Dakota
Cannabis in North Dakota is legal for medical use but illegal for recreational use. Since 2019 however, possession under a 1/2 ounce has been decriminalized in the sense that there is no threat of jail time, though a criminal infraction fine up to $1,000 still applies. The cultivation of hemp is currently legal in North Dakota. In November 2018, the state's voters voted on recreational marijuana legalization, along with Michigan; the measure was rejected 59% to 41%. Two groups attempted to put marijuana legalization measures on the June 2020 Primary and the November 2020 elections, but were prevented from doing so by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2021, the North Dakota legislature began the process of legalizing recreational marijuana in order to prevent an initiated legalization measure from appearing on the 2022 ballot. However, the legalization bill was rejected in the state senate 10-37, meaning there will likely be an attempt to place legalization on the North Dakota ballot in 2022.