No edibles: ND House votes down medical cannabis expansion

If you have a medical cannabis card, your prescription soon won’t cover edible products in North Dakota.

63 representatives: that’s how many needed to vote yes for the latest medical cannabis bills to pass. But two such bills hit the House floor Tuesday, and both failed: 55-37 and 20-72.

Proponents of the bills say edible forms of cannabis are both healthier, since they don’t involve smoking, and are more accurate when dosing patients. The state’s medical cannabis program was approved in 2016, and proponents say this was what voters had in mind when they voted for it.

Opponents of the bills say edibles — which often come in the form of candy or chocolate — pose health risks to children, who might mistake them for traditional candy.

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