A budtender, right, shows cannabis buds to a customer at a marijuana dispensary in Desert Hot Springs, Calif.
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North Dakotans will vote soon on Measure 3: a proposed law to legalize recreational marijuana for adults 21 and older while expunging convictions for marijuana-related crimes.

Two weeks from Election Day, our neighbors to the northwest have serious doubts about a greener future.

A new poll finds 51 percent of voters support recreational marijuana. The poll comes from the pro-legalization group LegalizeND, and it has a 4.9 percent margin of error.

Another poll by a local news station a couple weeks earlier found just 30 percent of people supporting the measure.

No matter these polls’ worth, it’s clear this deeply red state has reservations about weed.

The Bismarck Tribune reported over the weekend on the continuing debate over legalization.

Critics and some supporters alike say the measure is poorly written. State Rep. Rick Becker, R-Bismarck, told the newspaper he’ll vote in favor of legalization, but said the Legislature could intervene and change the law if voters pass it.

Police aren’t sure what to make of the proposal either. An open question, the Tribune reports, is what to do with police dogs trained to smell marijuana. There’s also the issue of how to catch people who are driving while high.

The measure also requires expungement of 179,000 criminal records within a 30-day time period, the Tribune reports, which critics argue is too quick.

On the pro-legalization side: fewer people in the legal system with criminal records, farmers being allowed to grow hemp, and increased tourism and tax revenue for the state.

If it did legalize marijuana for recreational use, North Dakota would be an anomaly. Nevada and Alaska are the only legal marijuana states whose politics could be considered even close to those of North Dakota.

Otherwise, recreational marijuana is in left-leaning West Coast states, Maine, Vermont and Massachusetts.

The University of St. Thomas campus. Peter Cox | MPR News

University of St. Thomas freshman Kevyn Perkins woke Friday to a message so hateful it stuck with him through two classes.

Written in red on his door was this: “[N-word] go back.”

Perkins tells the Pioneer Press the message was repeated on the name tag attached to his door, but someone misspelled one of the words.

The 18-year-old was upset enough he scrubbed the hate off the wall right away. But this wasn’t anything new for him.

While getting an early start to his freshman year last summer, a group of a few young men — one wearing a Trump shirt — confronted Perkins, he told the newspaper’s columnist, Ruben Rosario.

“What’s up, dawg? Are you sure you are supposed to be around here? Are you sure you belong here?” one of them said to Perkins.

He ignored it. Now, after his second bout of racism on the Catholic university’s campus, Perkins is trying to heed his brother’s advice.

“I was so mad that I felt like transferring that same day,” Perkins said of the recent message on his door. “I was done. But my brother … told me that’s what they want me to do and to stay put. We’ll see.”

University officials say they’re investigating the message incident. Any student involved could be expelled, the school said.

“As university leaders, we unequivocally condemn this act of hate and call on all members of our St. Thomas community to work together to ensure that everyone understands that this kind of cowardly act has no place at St. Thomas, or anywhere else. This behavior violates our convictions as a Catholic university and our code of conduct, and it will not be tolerated.”

It’s 3:30 p.m. All Things Considered is on the air, Steven John is behind the mic, Cliff Bentley is running the controls.

Monday October 22, 2018
(Subject to change as events dictate)
9 a.m. – MPR News with Kerri Miller
MPR News host Kerri Miller and Ken Rudin talk about the week’s political news.

9:20 a.m.- Election Day is rapidly approaching on Nov. 6. With early voting commencing in most states, what key issues are Americans concerned with as they head to the polls?

Guests: Sharon A. Navarro and Philip Chen

10 a.m.- 1A with Joshua Johnson
After the Supreme Court dealt a blow to unions in the Janus vs. AFSCME case this June, teacher’s unions are reeling. The labor movement has been working at the state level. We’re unpacking proposals about collective bargaining and union trends for the latest edition of our series, “The State We’re In.”

Guests: Sarah Duncan, candidate, West Virginia House of Delegates, 11th District. K-8 visual arts teacher; Scott Greenberger, executive editor, Stateline, a journalism project of the Pew Charitable Trusts; Vincent Vernuccio, senior fellow, Mackinac Center for Public Policy; Randi Weingarten, president, American Federation of Teachers.

11 a.m. – MPR News at 11
By the time Election Day arrives, many Americans — including many Minnesotans — will have already voted. In the primaries, Minnesota had its highest voter turnout since 1994. It was a monumental feat, but Minnesotans have led the nation in voting participation for several years.

In other parts of the country, voter turnout is more stagnant. Thirty-seven states and the District of Columbia have early voting and every state allows permit absentee voting, yet voting ahead of Election Day could be even easier and more efficient.

Guests: MPR News reporter Mark Zdechlik, Kat Calvin and Kent Kaiser.

12 p.m. – MPR News Presents
“Checks and Balances.” Episode 5 of the APM series “The Democracy Test” hosted by Neal Conan and historian Heather Cox Richardson. What we can learn from previous periods of political paralysis and why the breakdown of our unwritten rules isn’t always a bad thing.

Guests: Julia Azari of Marquette University; E.J. Dionne, author of “Why Americans Hate Politics“; Beverly Gage, author of the forhcoming book, “G-Man: J. Edgar Hoover and the American Century.”

1 p.m. – The Takeaway
The Takeaway will be looking at election infrastructure in this country, how it’s broken and what we can do to fix it.

2 p.m. – BBC NewsHour
Saudi Arabia: efforts by the authorities to distance the Crown Prince, Mohammed Bin Salman, from the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, have done little to quell continuing criticism and disquiet over the affair

3 p.m. – All Things Considered
A Minnesota teen who was diagnosed with acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) now is working to be a source of information and support for the families of other kids who have the illness. We’ll talk to him about his experience with AFM and his efforts amid the latest outbreak of the illness, and talk to his family and one of his doctors, too.

Just in time for the November elections comes this play about our nation’s harsh political divides. Trademark Theater Company has paired with national non-profit Better Angels to host post show discussions that help to bridge the chasm between liberals and conservatives.

And a political roundtable on the latest MPR Star Tribune polling.

6:00 p.m. – Marketplace
A look at what happens when weed and the gig economy collide. Recreational marijuana is legal to sell in California, and delivery has become one of the fastest-growing sectors in this new industry.

6:30 p.m. – The Daily
Stacey Abrams is trying to, after all those years of registering new voters—she needs them to come out and vote for her. And after all of these years, the person who she is opposing in this race is the same person that she calls the architect of that voter suppression.

7 p.m. – America on the Line
A live conversation about issues and personalities driving our politics. With news, analysis, and listener call-ins.

8 p.m. – Fresh Air
Actress Melissa McCarthy is starring in the new film Can You Ever Forgive Me? based on the true story of a writer who becomes a literary forger. It’s a rare dramatic role for her. McCart hyhas twice received an Emmy for her role in the sitcom Mike & Molly and for her guest appearance on Saturday Night Live as Sean Spicer, Trump’s former press secretary. McCarthy’s breakout role was in the film Bridesmaids. Her other recent roles are in the films HappyTime Murders, and Life of the Party.