North Dakota

Doug Burgum (R)

North Dakota

Took Office 2016
Term Expires 2020
NORML Grade: C+

2019 Enacted Legislation

Governor Burgum signed several marijuana-related bills into law in 2019. House Bill 1050 reduced penalties for activities specific to the possession of one-half ounce of marijuana or the possession of marijuana-related paraphernalia. House Bill 1283, House Bill 1417, and House Bill 1283 expanded patients’ access to medical cannabis. Additionally, with the support of the Governor’s office, state officials enacted new procedures in 2019 permitting those with low-level marijuana possession convictions to seek unconditional pardons. (Link)(Link)(Link)(Link)

2019 Vetoed Legislation



Governor Burgum has historically expressed opposition to broader, adult-use marijuana legalization. He did not make any public statements in 2019 to indicate that he has changed this position.

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