State of North Dakota secondary Archives: on Drugs


Dustin Peyer: Legalize & tax marijuana

Peyer plans to officially launch his campaign at an April 20 "Marijuana Reform Rally" he's organized at state Capitol grounds. He argues that marijuana regulation should be left to the states and argues that the tax benefits of legalizing the marijuana and hemp industries are significant. "Do you know how much tax money has been spent on locking people up?" he said.
Source: 2018 North Dakota Senatorial website PeyerForSenate.org Oct 1, 2017

Doug Burgum: Opioid epidemic threatens our way of life

Q: What can the state do to help deal with the opioid addiction crisis?

Burgum: Drug abuse is skyrocketing in North Dakota. It's an epidemic that is hurting North Dakota families, employers, and taxpayers and threatening our way of life. It's past time our attorney general begins making these issues a top priority, and as governor I look forward to working with him to address this important statewide crisis. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Working together across the state, we need to invest more time, energy, and resources in prevention, and we need to treat addiction like the chronic disease that it is. As Governor, I'll work with communities, employers, and health care providers to restrict the supply of drugs like meth, fentanyl, and heroin, fight the federal reimbursement incentives that are fueling the exponential rise in the abuse of highly addictive prescription drugs, reform our corrections system, and get people the help they need.

Source: Grand Forks Herald on 2016 North Dakota Gubernatorial debate Jun 25, 2016

Marvin Nelson: Invest in drug treatment, mental health, and drug courts

Q: What can the state do to help deal with the opioid addiction crisis?

Nelson: Need to have treatment available and not just in a few population centers. We need to give assurance to health providers that if they invest in treatment, we aren't going to just change our minds tomorrow. We need to look at things like tele counseling, and using our critical access hospitals to deliver necessary care. Evaluation of people at all levels of the penal system for addiction by the state. Currently, mental health services are required by local jurisdictions, but they don't do it. The state needs to provide those services. We are in a horrible legal liability situation, just waiting for the lawsuits. Need to have things like drug courts dealing with first time offenders instead of requiring multiple convictions before being eligible for drug court. We can't afford to wait until people are sent to the state penitentiary to evaluate and deal with their addictions.

Source: Grand Forks Herald on 2016 North Dakota Gubernatorial debate Jun 25, 2016

Wayne Stenehjem: Warn of dangers of new opioid drugs; but help addicts too

Q: What can the state do to help deal with the opioid addiction crisis?

Stenehjem: Addressing this crisis is a key priority for me. Addressing the acute shortage of licensed treatment professionals for substance abuse and mental illness is the core of the plan. A state-wide public awareness campaign is also part of my plan. We need to put a face on the heroin and opioid epidemic. Both school-age children and adults should be warned of the dangers of new powerful drugs invading North Dakota. These drugs are killing people and we must be communicating the hazards. The funding for this program will come from prison reform. We need to reduce corrections spending and reinvest the savings into strategies that reduce recidivism and increase public safety. We still need to lock up the bad guys but we can do a better job helping good people that suffer from addiction problems and mental health issues.

Source: Grand Forks Herald on 2016 North Dakota Gubernatorial debate Jun 25, 2016

Rick Becker: Supports medical marijuana and legalized pot

Candidates also had varied stances on potential marijuana ballot measures, one which would allow medical marijuana and another that would legalize marijuana in the state. "I would vote yes," Becker said of the measures.

Stenehjem said he's spoken to attorney generals in other states where marijuana has been legalized and didn't see any positives, vowing to vote against it. "North Dakota will not be healthier or safer," Stenehjem said.

Source: Bismarck Tribune on 2016 North Dakota gubernatorial debate Mar 3, 2016

Wayne Stenehjem: Marijuana has no positives

Candidates also had varied stances on potential marijuana ballot measures, one which would allow medical marijuana and another that would legalize marijuana in the state. "I would vote yes," Becker said of the measures.

Stenehjem said he's spoken to attorney generals in other states where marijuana has been legalized and didn't see any positives, vowing to vote against it. "North Dakota will not be healthier or safer," Stenehjem said.

Source: Bismarck Tribune on 2016 North Dakota gubernatorial debate Mar 3, 2016

Wayne Stenehjem: Make drug enforcement a priority

Source: 2016 North Dakota Governor campaign website, AgStenehjem.com Dec 10, 2015

Marvin Nelson: Legalize medical marijuana

Excerpts from legislation: HB 1430--Authorizes the Use of Medical Marijuana:

Legislative outcome:Marvin Nelson voted YEA; bill failed House 26-67-1

Source: North Dakota legislative voting record on HB 1430 Feb 18, 2015

Eliot Glassheim: Legalize medical marijuana

Excerpts from legislation: HB 1430--Authorizes the Use of Medical Marijuana:

Legislative outcome:Sponsored by Glassheim; bill failed House 26-67-1

Source: North Dakota legislative voting record on HB 1430 Jan 19, 2015

Rick Becker: Voted NO on drug testing for TANF & SNAP benefits

N.D. voting records for H.B. 1385 Rep. Rick Becker voted NAY on screening for controlled substances:
  • The department shall require every applicant for the temporary assistance for needy families (TANF) program and the supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP) to submit to a drug test to determine if the applicant is engaged in the illegal use of a controlled substance.
  • The cost of the drug testing is the responsibility of the individual tested.
  • An individual who tests positive for controlled substances as a result of a drug test required under this section is ineligible to receive TANF or SNAP benefits for one year.
  • An individual who tests positive in a second drug test is ineligible to receive TANF or SNAP benefits for three years.
  • Require that for two-parent families, both parents must comply with the drug testing requirement.
    Source: North Dakota Legislative voting records for H.B. 1385 Feb 22, 2013

    John Hoeven: $4M to address meth and narcotics with more prisons

    Our budget recommends almost $4 million in support of our comprehensive education, treatment, and law enforcement strategy to address the challenge of substance abuse in North Dakota.

    We are taking up the fight on a number of fronts. We are increasing resources for the Bureau of Criminal Investigation's meth and narcotics enforcement efforts. We are also increasing resources for Drug Court, which can reclaim lives. To fight substance abuse on the elementary and high school levels, we are devoting substantial funding under the federal Safe and Drug Free Schools program.

    And, to deal with the growing prison population because of meth, we are establishing a new women's prison on the campus of the state hospital in Jamestown. This facility will result in making prison beds available in our penitentiary system for both men & women offenders--and save taxpayers $22 million.

    We must take the makers and dealers off the street, and we must provide law enforcement the resources to get the job done.

    Source: North Dakota State of the State Address, 2003 Jan 7, 2003

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