North Dakota

North Dakota has been playing around with the notion of legalizing medical marijuana for several years, before finally doing so in 2016. However, no medical marijuana program (MMP) is operational as of yet, and the right for patients to grow their own cannabis has shamefully been taken away. Anyway, here are the laws and a guide to getting a medical marijuana card in North Dakota …

Hills and landscape, North Dakota Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Theofore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota

Telehealth/In-Person

Telehealth/telemedicine available. In-person meeting with physician is not required.

How Old Do I Have to Be to Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card?

18 years old or over. Caregivers must be 18 years old or over.

How Long Does it take to Get My MMJ Card?

Expect 30 – 60 days, as the medical marijuana program needs time to become fully operational.

Cost

$50

Possession Limit (Medical Marijuana Patients)

3 ounces of herbal medical cannabis. The maximum amount of concentrate allowed over a 30-day period is 2,000 mg THC.

Qualifying Conditions

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, aka Lou Gehrig’s disease)
  • Cancer
  • Chronic pain
  • Cirrhosis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Dementia
  • Epilepsy
  • Cachexia/wasting syndrome – North Dakota also states “failure to thrive”
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Nausea
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Spinal Stenosis

Medical Marijuana Laws

2016 – North Dakota voters approve of Measure 5, known as the “North Dakota Compassion Act”. State Bill 2344 (SB 2344) removes the ability for people to grow their own cannabis.

Patients may possess up to 3 ounces of herbal cannabis. For concentrates and infused products, the maximum possession limit is 2,000 mg over a 30 day period.

Patients must have a recommendation to use combustible cannabis. Otherwise, it can only come in the form of edibles, capsules, tinctures, patches or topicals/salves. Edible products are not defined as a “medical cannabinoid product”.

Up to a maximum of 8 dispensaries are allowed to be operational in North Dakota at any one time. A maximum of two producers.

No dispensaries are operational as of yet.

For those without a medical marijuana card, possession of 1 ounce or less is a misdemeanor, and can bring up to 30 days’ incarceration and/or a maximum fine of $1,500. Anything more, and it’s a felony, with a incarceration period of between 5 and 10 years and a maximum fine of $10,000 (for between 1 oz and less than 500 g) or $20,000 for possession of any amount over 500 g.

Possession of any amount near a school can bring up to 10 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine.

Sale of any amount carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 3 years.

Ingesting hash or concentrates is a misdemeanor, with up to 1 year in prison and/or a fine of $3,000. Possessing or manufacturing hashish or concentrates is a felony, with 5 years incarceration and/or a $10,000 fine for possession and 10 years incarceration and/or a $20,000 fine for manufacture.

Possession, distribution, delivery, advertisement or manufacture of paraphernalia is a misdemeanor, with up to 1 year imprisonment and a $3,000 fine.

Any conviction requires the offender to undergo drug addiction evaluation.

Juveniles may have their driver’s licenses suspended for up to 6 months.

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