North Dakota House Votes Down Medical Marijuana Bill

(MPP) House lawmakers scrapped a bill Wednesday aimed at making North Dakota the 24th state to legalize medical marijuana, saying it was premature and carried too many risks that outweighed the potential benefits.

House Bill 1430 failed 26-67, with one member absent.

The bipartisan bill would have allowed patients and caregivers to possess a certain amount of cannabis or products such as cannabis oils, beverages, vapors and pills, for medical use.

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The Isolated Lives of North Dakota’s Gay Oil Field Workers

Homophobia never lingers far from the surface. “I was at a bar the other night, when this guy started calling me a ‘fucking queer,’” Jon Kelly, a burly 29-year-old real estate developer who moved to Williston four years ago, told me. “I’ve been out for ten years, and nobody’s ever said that to me.”

Kelly tried to defuse the situation. But when the drunken taunting wouldn’t stop, he was left with no other option: “I punched him in the face, knocked him down to the ground,” Kelly told me. “And I told him, ‘You just got your ass beat by a fucking queer.’”

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