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Legalizing Weed: 10 Quotes From Lawmakers After Pot Failed to Become Legal in North Dakota

By    |   Monday, 18 May 2015 02:20 PM

Several states have passed laws legalizing weed, allowing their residents to possess the divisive drug without punishment. In 2014, North Dakota considered passing similar legislation, though it ultimately failed by a vote of 67-26.

Here are 10 quotes from lawmakers after pot failed to become legal in North Dakota.

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1. “The bill had many issues that were hard to overcome.”
– Rep. Robin Weisz (R-Hurdsfield), a leading opponent of weed in North Dakota, according to the Duluth News Tribune.

2. “The problem is the state has no ability to control, regulate and have the quality control that’s necessary.”
– Weisz made it clear that the Food and Drug Administration didn’t grant North Dakota enough regulatory autonomy on this matter.

3. “[It’s] not a drug issue, but a quality of life issue.”
– Rep. Pamela Anderson (D-Fargo) was the prime sponsor of the bill and argued that it was necessary to legalize weed in order to improve the lives of North Dakota’s residents, the Grand Forks Herald reported.

4. “The states are blue and red all across the country. This is not a partisan issue.”
– Anderson tried to cross party lines to get a deal done.

5. “We pass legislation here based on facts. But if somebody wants to share a fact that it helps somebody, I’d be glad to hear it.”
– Rep. Dwight Kiefert (R-Valley City) also opposed legalizing weed, the Grand Forks Herald reported.

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6. “His neurologist said, ‘I am really sorry that I cannot prescribe this.’”
– Rep. Kathy Hawken (R-Fargo) co-sponsored the bill, noting that her son suffers from a medical ailment and was not permitted to use marijuana, The Grand Fork Herald reports.

7. “To be honest with you, I’m not so sure, if it happened to my sons, if I maybe wouldn’t have been in front of that committee also to ask for this bill.”
– Weisz

8. “The bill before you is much more restrictive than the model bill, and makes more sense for North Dakota.”
– Anderson, in explaining her reasoning for supporting the bill.

9. “We just felt that the concerns and the risks at this point in time outweigh the potential benefits … for a small group that feels that none of the currently available drugs work.”
– Weisz, summarizing his opposition to legalizing weed.

10. “We’re having the conversation, and that is a good thing, and someday this really is a good bill.”
– Rep. Kathy Hawken (R-Fargo), vowing to continue fighting for the legalization of weed, Grand Forks Herald.

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