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Legalizing Weed: 3 Facts About North Dakota's Legalization of Industrial Hemp Farming

By    |   Wednesday, 17 Feb 2016 04:14 PM

One state that almost definitely will not be legalizing recreational weed, but has legalized industrial hemp farming, is the state of North Dakota.

In fact, AlterNet named North Dakota one of "The 9 States Where Marijuana Will Be Legalized Last." There are a few people in North Dakota, however, who are still pushing for the drug to be legalized.

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Here are a few facts about the legalization of industrial hemp farming in North Dakota.

1. Industrial Hemp Farming

North Dakota has very specific rules regarding hemp in the state.

According to the state's Department of Agriculture, "Under North Dakota Century Code, NDCC 4-41, industrial hemp production is recognized as a viable industry in North Dakota.

However, currently the federal Drug Enforcement Agency has not acknowledged state authority to regulate industrial hemp and will not distinguish between marijuana and industrial hemp varieties of Cannabis sativa."

This means that one can still farm hemp, but anyone looking to do so must go through a fairly arduous process.

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2. Licensing

Before someone can farm hemp in North Dakota, there are a variety of legal hoops to jump through.

According to the North Dakota Department of Agriculture, people interested in growing industrial hemp will need a license issued by the agriculture commissioner and an approved registration from the DEA.

Currently, each process requires an extensive application process and associated fees.

3. Native American Tribes

A little-known fact about Native American tribal lands is that they are considered sovereign lands by the United States government.

In December 2015, the U.S. Justice Department made the decision to allow Native American tribes, "to grow and sell marijuana on their lands as long as they follow the same federal conditions laid out for states that have legalized the drug," according to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

This was a big deal because a portion of North Dakota is tribal land. This included the Fort Berthold reservation that spans 980,000 acres in the northwest portion of the state.

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