N.D. Senate says no to edible medical marijuana

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Senate has rejected adding edibles as a seventh legal form of medical marijuana.

The expansion was sought by advocates and supported by the state Health Department. The bill stipulated that edibles couldn’t be in a form that could be targeted to children, but some lawmakers still expressed concerns.

North Dakota’s approved medical marijuana forms are dried leaves and flowers, concentrates, tinctures, capsules, topicals and transdermal patches. The House in February voted 72-21 in favor of adding edibles. Monday’s Senate vote was 28-17 in favor, but the bill needed 31 votes to pass.

Advocates say edibles have advantages for some patients who use medical marijuana. Committee for Compassionate Care chief lobbyist Steven Peterson says he’s frustrated by the Senate vote, but it isn’t the end of efforts to make edibles legal in North Dakota.

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