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North Dakota Laws and Programs

  • By: Sarah Boslaugh
  • In: Encyclopedia of Drug Policy
  • Edited by: Mark A. R. Kleiman & James E. Hawdon
  • Subject:Public Policy, Drug Crimes

North Dakota's long border with Canada and primarily rural nature leave it vulnerable to several types of drug threats. Methamphetamine trafficking and use is the primary drug concern of public health officials and law enforcement authorities in the state, and the fact that some of the chemicals used in meth manufacture are also used in agriculture (a central industry in North Dakota) make the problem particularly difficult. In 2005 there were 159 meth lab incidents in North Dakota (in a state with a population of about 635,000), although this number was reduced to 18 in 2007 as locally produced methamphetamine was replaced by that brought into the state by Mexican organizations based in California and Washington State. Marijuana is widely available and the presence of ...

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