The North Dakota Legislature has a tradition of giving every bill introduced, at the very least, a committee hearing and a floor vote in the chamber in which it was introduced. A bill to decriminalize marijuana introduced by state Rep. Shannon Roers Jones (R-Fargo) did get those things, but on this episode of Plain Talk she says the process wasn’t quite the same as other bills.
It was the “only bill that came out of our committee that was limited on time,” Roers Jones said. She added that while other legislation got hours of testimony from supporters and opponents, her bill was limited to just fifteen minutes for each side.
“I was surprised,” Roers Jones said of the process, adding that it “complicated our ability to get the bill out and get it passed.”
Asked if House Judiciary Committee Chairman Kim Koppelman (R-West Fargo) was motivated by animus toward her legislation, Roers…