BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The biggest prize in North Dakota on Tuesday was the state’s U.S. Senate seat, where Republican Kevin Cramer derailed the re-election bid of Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp to give the GOP wins in both congressional races. The state ballot had plenty of other items worth voters’ attention. Just two years after voters said yes to medicinal marijuana, they rejected the idea of extending that right to recreational pot. Here’s a rundown on the election: MARIJUANA North Dakota voters aren’t ready to take the next step with marijuana, soundly rejecting a proposal to legalize it broadly just two years after they OK’d medicinal marijuana. Law enforcement lined up solidly against legalization, arguing it would lead to more violent crime, driving accidents and workplace issues. The state also estimated it would be expensive, in part because of a provision in the proposed law that would wipe past marijuana-related convictions off people’s records. North Dakota State University student Lindsey Pouliot, a senior majoring in English, said she favors decriminalizing marijuana, but didn’t like the way the bill was written. Backers argued the legalization would free up law enforcement to tackle more serious crimes. They were counting on a shoe-leather… Read full this story
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