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Future of Delta 8 products unclear in ND as legislators amend hemp regulations

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – A recent surge in demand surrounding a certain cannabis product has pushed North Dakota lawmakers to amend the state’s hemp regulation bill. Delta 8 seems to be the newest craze in the world of hemp-derived products. “Delta 8 is THC but it’s extracted from hemp,” explained Your CBD Store owner Matt Yde. “So most people, when…

House proposal would raise North Dakota gas tax 6 cents

BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota lawmakers are considering adding another 6 cents to the state’s 23-cent a-gallon gas tax. The House Finance and Taxation Committee has endorsed the hike to help pay for improvements to roads and bridges. A higher fuels tax is expected to bring in tens of millions of dollars more annually, with the bulk going to a…

Lawmakers recommend approval for North Dakota public schools to display Ten Commandments

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR/KCND) – A North Dakota legislative committee is recommending that lawmakers approve a measure that would allow local school districts to post the Ten Commandments. Edinburg Republican Sen. Janna Myrdal sponsored the measure. Myrdal said the Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution based on the Ten Commandments. “We need to get back to it” Mydal said. Grand Forks Democratic…

MN Democrats introduce marijuana legalization bill

ST. PAUL, Minn. – DFL lawmakers introduce House and Senate bills that would legalize marijuana for adults in Minnesota. The proposal comes after a Be Heard on Cannabis tour of 15 communities and meetings with 13 state agencies and Gov. Tim Walz. The bill would create micro-businesses and a craft market and fund youth access prevention and substance abuse treatment….

North Dakota lawmakers introduce bills impacting voting rights

BISMARCK, N.D. — Multiple bills introduced in the North Dakota legislature would place more restrictions on how and when people can vote. As the 67th Legislative Assembly nears the end of its first month in session, the focus of Republican lawmakers is clear. “There are probably two dozen bills or more having to do with voting, elections, campaign finance, certain…

Bill seeks to ease limits on North Dakota’s ‘castle’ law

BISMARCK, N.D. – Members of the North Dakota Legislature are taking another shot at easing restrictions on the right to use deadly force in self-defense. The bill would allow someone to use deadly force without retreating in certain circumstances. The proposal to remove the “duty to retreat” provision is the latest attempt by lawmakers to modify the state’s “castle law.”…

Bills seek to water down penalties for underage drinking in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. — Underage drinking in North Dakota ranks among the highest in the nation. A pair of bills being considered by the Legislature would do away with the prospect of jail time for offenders and also give a judge discretion whether to order treatment. One bill would make the penalty for underage drinking an infraction that would be punishable…

Following FBI alerts, ND legislators prepare for possibility of violence at State Capitol

North Dakota lawmakers are working with state and local authorities

BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota Capitol is one of many across the country preparing to respond to possible armed demonstrations. “We know that just because we’re in North Dakota or Bismarck, North Dakota, doesn’t make us immune from potential acts of violence,” says House Minority Leader Josh Boschee of Fargo. Boschee and Speaker of the House Kim Koppelman of…

ND Legislature looking into raising interstate speed limit to 80 MPH

A Republican House Representative proposes a speed limit bill

BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota lawmakers are thinking about the possibility of an 80 mile per hour speed limit. Republican State Rep. Ben Koppelman of West Fargo believes some parts of the two interstate highways serving North Dakota should go from 75 to 80. Koppelman says in states with that limit, the number of fatalities have actually dropped at a…