Medical marijuana operations wouldn’t be considered farming under bill in ND Legislature

BISMARCK, N.D. — A bill passed by the North Dakota Senate would remove “the growing or processing of marijuana” from the definition of “farming or ranching,” which would mean growing marijuana would not be included under the state’s ban on corporate farming.

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.