North Dakota’s existing corporate farming law limits corporate farming to entities that consist of up to 15 shareholders who must be closely related or closely related through marriage. Under Senate Bill 2200, marijuana grown for medicinal purposes under North Dakota law would not be considered farming or ranching.
SB 2200 unanimously passed the Senate in late January but has yet to be assigned to a House committee. Floor testimony on the bill did not explain why it was necessary.
According to written testimony provided to the Senate Agriculture Committee from the Secretary of State’s Office, when North Dakota voters chose to enact a medical marijuana law, the office began receiving filings from corporations and limited liability companies indicating an intent to be involved in growing and processing marijuana.
Some people in government believed growing marijuana fell under the…