BISMARCK — A group filed paperwork on Monday, May 20, to start a petition process to change the North Dakota Constitution to allow residents to legally grow and use any form of marijuana and to provide for state regulation of the sale of "any and all varieties" of marijuana. John Bailey, of Courtney, N.D., chairman of the sponsoring committee for the petition drive, said Monday afternoon that "personal freedom" is at the core of the proposal. He added that marijuana, also known as cannabis, deserves more study and research.
FARGO — The North Dakota Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on Tuesday, March 26, as part of an appeal brought by Barry Garcia, who is seeking a reduction in his life sentence for the 1995 killing of Cherryl Tendeland of West Fargo. Garcia was sentenced in 1996 in Cass County District Court to life in prison without parole for shooting Tendeland while she sat in a parked car. Garcia was 16 at the time of the crime. Over time, Garcia has appealed his life sentence on several fronts.